Picture of varicose veins: external view

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Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that can occur anywhere a vein is close to skin, but occur most often in the legs. Faulty valves in veins and weakened and stretched vein walls cause varicose veins to develop.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

Current as of: September 9, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery