CEAP classification for vein disorders


C 0
No evidence of venous disease.

C 1
Superficial spider veins (reticular veins) only 

C 2
Simple varicose veins only

C 3
Ankle oedema of venous origin (not foot oedema)

C 4
Skin pigmentation in the gaiter area (lipodermatosclerosis)

C 5
A healed venous ulcer

C 6
An open venous ulcer

The CEAP classification is used to 'classify' patients with vein disorders so that an objective categorization is made for treatment and follow-up. For example, C1 implies that the problem is purely cosmetic and can be dealt with sclerotherapy or lasers. A patient classified as C6 has a venous stasis ulcer and a C5 patient has a healed venous stasis ulcer. A patient who has varicose veins and swelling in the legs is classified as CEAP 3 or C3.

CEAP = Clinical severity, Etiology or cause, Anatomy, Pathophysiology

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Buffalo Phlebologist