Should I be concerned? (Photo)

I'm 17 weeks 3 days pregnant .Last Fon this disease but I have googled a lot of it. Last february I had a miscarriage at 21 weeks which resulted in me being diagnosed with atroveinous malformation . My doctors have not precise to tell me a lot of information on this disease but I have googled a lot of it. Anyways last night I was sat up on my bed and I had this pain in my right ankle, when I looked down the vein was bulged right out and now this morning it looks like varicose veins

Doctor Answers 5

Signs and symptoms

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My first recommendation would be to visit a vein specialist to take a look at your vein and do a full evaluation including ultrasound imaging of your venous circulation. Contrary to healthy venous circulation, venous reflux disease develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart no longer function, causing to pool in the legs and leading to signs and symptoms such as varicose veins, leg or ankle swelling, leg heaviness and fatigue, leg pain, aching or cramping, burning or itching of the skin, restless legs, skin changes or rashes, ulcers, open wounds, or sores. Many factors contribute to the presence of venous reflux including age, gender, family history, heavy lifting, multiple pregnancies, obesity, and prolonged standing.Your physician can help you decide best treatment or combination of treatments for you according to your ultrasound results and specific goal. 


Swelling during pregnancy

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Unfortunately, procedures are not done during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. However, you need to get a diagnostic venous Duplex scan to make sure there is no boold clot. Once you deliver, MRI and CT venogram can be done to determine the exact cause of this problem if venous DUS is not diagnostic.

H Karamanoukian MD FACS

certified vein specialist (ABVLM)

Varicose veins during pregnancy

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Varicose veins are common during pregnancy. Some resolve and some do not, unfortunately. I would speak to your ob then follow up with a vein surgeon who is board certified in vein surgery. 


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles vein specialist

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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Pregnant veins

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When you are pregnant, your blood volume doubles, your veins dilate and become more prominent. This is a normal occurrence.  The veins you have look normal.  I would recommend seeing a vein specialist and wearing compression hose during the pregnancy.  

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Veins during pregnancy.

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Veins will enlarge during pregnancy.  The posted picture looks like a normal distal saphenous veins that has enlarged.  From the picture alone it does not look like anything to be alarmed about but the best thing to do would be to see a vein specialist for a venous evaluation and to follow you during your pregnancy.

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