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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

Picture of varicose veins: external view

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Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that can occur anywhere a vein is close to skin, but occur most often in the legs. Faulty valves in veins and weakened and stretched vein walls cause varicose veins to develop.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
Last Revised February 1, 2012

Last Revised: February 1, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery

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