Will a Venous Reflux Exam tell me if I have venous insufficiency?
I can see that I have varicose veins. Are all varicose vein sufferers diagnosed with venous insufficiency? How are these two conditions related?
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Replied on 8/19/2010
Replied on 2/24/2010
By: Laser Vein Center | Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
Venous insufficiency is the cause of varicose vein. A venous reflux exam determines which veins are insufficient. Essentially every patient that has varicose veins has reflux. The exam is not just important to determine if the patient has reflux, it is important to determine the patient's vein anatomy in order to plan the appropriate treatment strategy.
Replied on 2/23/2010
Replied on 2/21/2010
By: Innovative Vein | Paul Cheatum, M.D.
If you have varicose veins, you have venous insufficiency. The ultrasound is important to identify the vessels that are contributing to symptoms.
Replied on 2/17/2010
By: Heart and Vein Center | Rodolfo D. Farhy, MD
Royal Oak, MI
Essentially every patient that has varicose veins has reflux. The exam is not just important to determine if the patient has reflux, it is important to determine the patient's vein anatomy in order to plan the appropriate treatment strategy.
Replied on 2/17/2010
Replied on 2/17/2010
By: VeinSolutions - Edina |
Varicose veins are typically caused by venous insufficiency. Treating the insufficiency helps to prevent future varicose veins. However, some people do not have venous insufficiency, and their case would then be considered purely cosmetic.
Replied on 2/17/2010
By: Health Qare Associates of Northern Virginia | Murat Sor, MD
Essentially they are the same. Venous insufficiency means the valves in the veins are not working right. This leads to back flow and venous dilatation. Dilated veins and varicose veins are the same thing.
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