CEAP classification for vein disorders
No evidence of venous disease.
Superficial spider veins (reticular veins) only
Simple varicose veins only
Ankle oedema of venous origin (not foot oedema)
Skin pigmentation in the gaiter area (lipodermatosclerosis)
A healed venous ulcer
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