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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2012, XXXIII/198: 370-377

Title: Varicose veins of lower limbs – how to recognize and treat

Authors: Płoński A., Łapiński R., Płoński A., Chudzińska A.

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Varicose veins of lower limbs – how to recognize and treat

Płoński A.1, Łapiński R.1, Płoński A.2, Chudzińska A.1

1Medical University of Bialystok, Poland, Department of Vascular Surgery and Transplantology, 2Medical Center Provena

Varicose veins of lower limbs are the most common symptom of chronic venous disorders. They are known for medicine since the Hippocrates time (460–375b.C.), but they were not treated as a serious problem for many years. At present century varicose veins are considered to be not only an esthetic problem, but also a social problem. Scientists from the around world still try to find the best way to treat them. In spite of development the phlebology as a separate science, patients very often don’t know where they should ask for help. Usually they are treated by physicians, general practitioners or surgeons. That’s why physicians should know very well what to do with patients who suffer from symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. That’s very important also to learn patients, especially with risk factors, how to changed bad habits which promote to development of venous insufficiency and varicose veins. Patients should know how to decrease symptoms of this disease and treat them or how to prevent serious complications.

Key words: varicose veins, phlebectomy, stripping, RFA, EVLT

Pol. Merk. Lek., 2012, XXXIII, 198, 370