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Vascular surgical society of great britain and ireland: symptoms of varicose veins
Br J Surg. 1999 May; 86(5):700.BJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The relationships between varicose veins (VVs) and leg symptoms have not been studied. The aim of this study was to define the relationships between age, sex, leg symptoms and VVs.

METHODS:

An age-stratified sample of 699 men and 867 women aged 18-64 years, selected randomly from 12 general practices distributed socioeconomically throughout the city, completed a questionnaire regarding leg symptoms (heaviness/tension, swelling, aching, restless legs, cramps, itching, tingling) and underwent a clinical examination.

RESULTS:

In men, swelling and cramps (both P </= 0.001), and in women swelling (P = 0.02), restless legs (P = 0.001) and itching (P = 0.045), were significantly more common in older subjects. Data have therefore been age adjusted. Women were significantly (P < 0.01) more likely to respond positively when asked about all leg symptoms, except tingling. The commonest symptoms were aching in women (53.8 per cent) and cramps in men (34. 0 per cent). There was no difference between right and left legs. In men, only itching was significantly related to trunk VVs (P = 0.011). In women, there was a relationship between trunk VVs and heaviness/tension, aching and itching (P </= 0.005). Hyphen-web varices were not related to symptoms in men but were related to heaviness/tension and swelling in women. There was no association between reticular varices and symptoms in either sex.

CONCLUSION:

Even in the presence of VVs, most lower limb 'venous' symptoms are non-venous in aetiology. Surgery is unlikely to ameliorate symptoms in the majority of patients.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10361332

Citation

Bradbury, AW, et al. "Vascular Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland: Symptoms of Varicose Veins." The British Journal of Surgery, vol. 86, no. 5, 1999, p. 700.
Bradbury AW, Evans CJ, Allan PL, et al. Vascular surgical society of great britain and ireland: symptoms of varicose veins. Br J Surg. 1999;86(5):700.
Bradbury, A. W., Evans, C. J., Allan, P. L., Lee, A. J., Ruckley, C. V., & Fowkes, F. G. (1999). Vascular surgical society of great britain and ireland: symptoms of varicose veins. The British Journal of Surgery, 86(5), 700.
Bradbury AW, et al. Vascular Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland: Symptoms of Varicose Veins. Br J Surg. 1999;86(5):700. PubMed PMID: 10361332.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Vascular surgical society of great britain and ireland: symptoms of varicose veins AU - Bradbury,AW, AU - Evans,CJ, AU - Allan,PL, AU - Lee,AJ, AU - Ruckley,CV, AU - Fowkes,FG, PY - 1999/6/11/pubmed PY - 1999/6/11/medline PY - 1999/6/11/entrez SP - 700 EP - 700 JF - The British journal of surgery JO - Br J Surg VL - 86 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: The relationships between varicose veins (VVs) and leg symptoms have not been studied. The aim of this study was to define the relationships between age, sex, leg symptoms and VVs. METHODS: An age-stratified sample of 699 men and 867 women aged 18-64 years, selected randomly from 12 general practices distributed socioeconomically throughout the city, completed a questionnaire regarding leg symptoms (heaviness/tension, swelling, aching, restless legs, cramps, itching, tingling) and underwent a clinical examination. RESULTS: In men, swelling and cramps (both P </= 0.001), and in women swelling (P = 0.02), restless legs (P = 0.001) and itching (P = 0.045), were significantly more common in older subjects. Data have therefore been age adjusted. Women were significantly (P < 0.01) more likely to respond positively when asked about all leg symptoms, except tingling. The commonest symptoms were aching in women (53.8 per cent) and cramps in men (34. 0 per cent). There was no difference between right and left legs. In men, only itching was significantly related to trunk VVs (P = 0.011). In women, there was a relationship between trunk VVs and heaviness/tension, aching and itching (P </= 0.005). Hyphen-web varices were not related to symptoms in men but were related to heaviness/tension and swelling in women. There was no association between reticular varices and symptoms in either sex. CONCLUSION: Even in the presence of VVs, most lower limb 'venous' symptoms are non-venous in aetiology. Surgery is unlikely to ameliorate symptoms in the majority of patients. SN - 1365-2168 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10361332/Vascular_surgical_society_of_great_britain_and_ireland:_symptoms_of_varicose_veins L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&amp;sid=nlm:pubmed&amp;issn=0007-1323&amp;date=1999&amp;volume=86&amp;issue=5&amp;spage=700 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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