Varicosities of the Vulva (external genitalia)

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What are varicose veins of the vulva? (vulvar varicosities)

Vulvar varices are varicose veins in the external genitalia, i.e. vulva. They occur in 1 in 20 pregnancies, appearing in the second trimester usually. They usually present no symptoms but are considered 'unsightly' by most women and sometimes, their sexual partners. In some patients, they cause itching, burning or heaviness in the area.

It is important to exclude saphenofemoral venous reflux disease as a contributing factor - which is easily treated with VNUS Closure or EVLT.

This picture taken from phlebologia.com

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Buffalo General Surgeon