I am concerned I may have large varicose veins that have not surfaced
Doctor Answers 5
Prominent vein along leg
Sometimes folks who are thinner or who have thin skin (or just are made this way) can have a cord-like prominence on their leg. This is likely a vein that is responsible for taking blood back up to the heart. You have several layers of veins in the body. The deep veins lie in between your muscles and carry 90% of the blood back up to the heart. The next layer lie above the muscle and are close up to the skin (called the superficial system). The last layer are the "skin veins" that when the deep or superficial veins do not work properly, can be seen as spider veins or bulging veins on the skin. A vein that is seen on the skin and does not bulge does not mean it is trying to bulge. However, it may be worth it to get a screening to check your veins to make sure they are working properly. This is done with an ultrasound. Most offices offer screenings to assess venous health. It may not be a bad idea to try compression stockings/socks during long periods of standing, sitting or traveling. They do not prevent anything but can maintain your legs!
Great saphenous vein with likely reflux
It would be most appropriate to get a venous Doppler ultrasound as this description fits that of a refluxing great saphenous vein.
H aramanoukian MD FACS
certified by ABVLM as a vein specialist
Examining the legs for varicose veins in Los Angeles
I would begin with a combination of veni lite exam and ultrasound to determine whether this truly is a varicose vein underneath the skin.
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