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.

Last Updated: February 5, 2010

Author: Robin Parks, MS

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery

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