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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are dilated, tortuous veins in the leg. Primary varicose veins are due to superficial venous valve incompetence: blood in the valves refluxes backwards and builds up causing dilatation of the veins. The superficial veins are the long and short saphenous veins. Secondary varicose veins are due incompetence in the deep veins of the leg usually as a result of past deep vein thrombosis. Primary varicosities can be treated by a variety of techniques but the standard is surgical removal of the veins however there are few proven techniques to treat secondary varicosities.

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Anatomical landmarks of the long (great) saphenous vein
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