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Jornal Vascular Brasileiro

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ROMUALDO, André Paciello et al. Lymph node veins: a little-known cause of varicose veins. J. vasc. bras. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.4, pp.364-369. ISSN 1677-5449.

Lymph node veins are part of a venous network in Scarpa"s triangle, communicating in many points the superficial venous system and the deep veins, and may either be the cause of incompetence of the superficial venous system, or be involved in recurrent varicose veins after saphenous vein stripping. In the daily routine of venous Doppler examination of the lower extremities, an increasingly frequent association of lymph node veins with primary and/or recurrent varicose veins has been noticed. Appropriate characterization of these veins may help to understand the pathophysiological mechanism of varicose vein appearance and provide a more focused approach to follow-up and treatment. This article sheds some light on the anatomical and physiological aspects of lymph node veins, drawing the attention of professionals involved in the diagnosis of venous disorders of the lower extremities to a little-known cause of varicose veins.

Keywords : Saphenous; Doppler; varicose veins.

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