Varicose Veins - Exams and Tests
The most important tools in
varicose veins are the
physical examination and medical history. Varicose
veins are typically diagnosed based on their appearance, and no other special
tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
If a problem with the
deep veins or complications are suspected based on your symptoms and exam,
other tests may be done.
If you are considering varicose vein
sclerotherapy, further testing can help pinpoint the
location of the vein problem so that treatment will have the best chance of
Duplex Doppler ultrasound is the most
commonly used noninvasive test that can help your doctor study blood flow in
your leg veins.
Venogram may be done to assess
complications of varicose veins, such as those related to the deep veins. This
test is rarely helpful in the diagnosis or treatment of varicose veins.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 11, 2008
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