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Ultrasound assessment of great saphenous vein insufficiency

Authors Chander R, Monahan T

Received 4 November 2014

Accepted for publication 26 January 2015

Published 15 June 2015 Volume 2015:3 Pages 25—31

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JVD.S49777

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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Rahmi Oklu


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Rajiv K Chander,1 Thomas S Monahan1,2

1Section of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2Department of Surgery, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

Abstract: Duplex ultrasonography is the ideal modality to assess great saphenous vein insufficiency. Duplex ultrasonography incorporates both gray scale images to delineate anatomy and color-Doppler imaging that visualizes the flow of blood in a structure. Assessment of great saphenous vein requires definition of the anatomy, augmentation of flow, evaluation for both superficial and deep vein thrombosis, and determining the presence of reflux. Currently, evolution in the treatment of reflux also relies on ultrasound for the treatment of the disease. Understanding the utilization of the ultrasound for the diagnosis and treatment of greater saphenous vein reflux is important for practitioners treating reflux disease.

Keywords: duplex ultrasonography, small saphenous vein
 

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