Rodriguez Palacios® Medical Center Library - Phlebology
By Dr. Juan Carlos Patt, M.D.
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Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged, dilated veins occurring due to the loss of elasticity of vein walls and the subsequent insufficiency of the valves inserted in them, which causes decreased blood circulation speed and increased vein pressure on the legs. There are various degrees to this condition, varicose vein ranges from the small, anti-aesthetic telangiectasia (commonly known as “spider veins”) to large distended veins, and the most developed condition, vein ulcer, occurs as a result of chronic vein insufficiency in the lower limbs.
Varicose veins sometimes present a bluish color and protrude on the skin surface, occasionally giving a look or shape similar to that of a “worm”.
Some of the symptoms of varicose veins include: