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In venous insufficiency, the valves in the veins have become damaged.
Theses valves normally keep blood flowing toward the heart. But damaged valves
allow some blood to flow backward. This causes the veins to become overfilled.
Fluid seeps out of the engorged veins into surrounding tissues. This results in
tissue breakdown and venous skin ulcers.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMargaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Margaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine
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