What is the appearance of veins in venous insufficiency?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Normal veins are visibly distended at the foot and ankle and, occasionally, in the popliteal fossa; they usually are not visibly distended in the rest of the leg. Translucent skin may cause the normal veins to become visible in a bluish subdermal reticular pattern. A dilated vein above the ankle is usually evidence of venous pathology (see the image below).

Perforator vein bulging into subcutaneous tissue. Perforator vein bulging into subcutaneous tissue.

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