Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Venous Reflux Disease In Depth

I have received a request for a post for Venous Reflux Disease.  Venous Reflux is related to varicose veins.  It usually stems from a valvular incompetence or untreated venous insufficiency.  Which means, that the valves that keep the blood from flowing upward are not functioning properly or that this has been occurring and hasn't been treated, or treated properly.  Untreated it can cause progressive syndrome involving: 

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Skin changes
  • Eventual tissue breakdown
This disease usually occurs as a result of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).  Symptoms include: 

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Unsightly cosmetic appearance 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Ulcers 
Diagnosis and treatment is similar to varicose veins.  To see more on varicose veins see my post:

http://www.richmondveincenter.com/Sections/venousreflux.htm

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