Physical examination and medical history for varicose veins
A physical examination and medical history usually provide most of
the information needed to diagnose
The medical history will include questions about
any vein problems, serious leg injuries, or leg ulcers you have had in the
past, as well as any other risk factors you might have, including whether your
family has a history of varicose veins. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms
you are having (such as swelling, fatigue, or cramps in your legs) and what you
have been doing to treat your symptoms, if anything.
physical exam, the doctor will examine your legs and feet (or any other
affected areas) for varicose veins. They are usually easy to see. The doctor
will also check your legs for tender areas, swelling, skin color changes,
ulcers, and other signs of skin breakdown. To study the blood flow in your
legs, the doctor may ask you to move your legs around in different
Varicose veins are most often diagnosed by how the veins look when
the person is standing. For most people with varicose veins, a physical exam
(with medical history) is all the doctor needs to diagnose the problem.
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The results of your medical history and physical exam may also
suggest that an underlying cause is present or that your deep vein system may
be damaged. The results can help the doctor decide whether you need additional
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
February 5, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 05, 2010
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