Genetics factors for Varicose Veins and Venous Reflux Disease

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A role for specific genetic risk factors for varicose veins and spider veins is not known. However, heredity does play a role in the development or susceptibility for development of valvular failure at the saphenofemoral junction - also called venous reflux.

Of note, when an individual has venous reflux disease, the likelihood of his/her identical twin to have venous reflux disease exceeds 75%.

The likelihood of a male to have a relative with a varicose vein is approximately 20%. The likelihood for a female patient to have a relative with vericose veins is 45%.

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Buffalo General Surgeon