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How
Is
Varicose
Veins
Diagnosed ?



A physical examination, mainly visual, by a qualified doctor will decide whether or not a patient has varicose veins. The patient will be asked to stand while the doctors check for signs or swelling. The patient may also be asked questions about the symptoms, whether any close relatives have/had varicose veins, whether they are or have been pregnant.

The physician may also ask the patient whether he/she has ever had any leg injury, such as a broken bone, and any history of deep vein thrombosis. In some cases, a general practitioner (GP, primary care physician, family doctor) may refer the patient to vascular specialist.

 

The following diagnostics test may also be ordered:

 

•       Doppler Test - This is an ultrasound scan to check the direction of blood flow in the veins to see whether the valves are working properly. This test can also check for blood or obstructions in the veins.

 

•   Color Duplex Ultrasound Scan - This ultrasound test provides color images of the structure of veins, which helps doctors identify any abnormalities. This test can also measure blood-flow speed.