Diagnosis and management of varicose veins in the legs

Diagnosis and management of varicose veins in the legs: summary of NICE guidance BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4279 (Published 24 July 2013) Quote: Varicose veins in the lower limbs are a common problem, estimated to affect at least a third of the UK population.1 Although some individuals with varicose veins remain asymptomatic, others may experience pain, aching, heaviness, and itching, that can impair quality of life.2 3 About 10% of people with varicose veins go on to develop skin changes, such as pigmentation or eczema,4 while about 3% may develop venous ulcers.5 At present there is substantial variation across the UK as to who qualifies for referral or treatment, and how varicose veins are treated.6 Clear guidance on which individuals should be referred to specialist vascular services, as well as the most clinically effective and cost effective treatment, is required. This article summarises the most recent recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).7

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Diagnosis and management of varicose veins in the legs

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