Do Varicose Veins Cause Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Varicose veins may not cause any problems, or they may cause aching pain, throbbing and discomfort. In some cases, varicose veins can lead to more serious health problems including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

  • Sores and skin ulcers can develop due to chronic backing up of blood. These sores can be painful and take a long time to heal until the backward blood flow problem in the vein is repaired.
  • Bleeding can occur because the skin over the veins becomes thin and easily injured. If an injury does occur, there can be significant blood loss.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot that forms in a vein just below the skin. It can cause skin redness, a firm, tender, warm vein, pain and swelling.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot in a deeper vein. It can cause a “pulling” feeling in the calf, pain, warmth, redness and swelling. However, DVT doesn’t always cause symptoms. If the blood clot travels to the lungs, it can be fatal.

Talk to your doctor about varicose veins if the vein becomes swollen, red or tender or if you develop sores, a rash or bleeding on the leg or ankle. Please visit or call (775) 329-3100 to learn more about varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis.



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2 responses to “Do Varicose Veins Cause Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

  1. Norman Baron, MD, FACS

    Nice web site. I am looking for information on causal relationship between varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. It seems to me that there probably is one. Do you have any references? If so are you willing to share? Thanks

  2. This varicose veins is as dangerous as sudden diseases. Deeply alarming.

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