What are complications of untreated venous insufficiency?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The local tissue sequelae of venous insufficiency are due to a combination of high venous pressures and reduced clearance of cellular metabolites from the lower extremity. Complications of untreated venous insufficiency include the following:

  • Recruitment of veins – High venous pressures may cause the recruitment of adjacent normal veins into refluxing circuits

  • DVT

  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)

  • Venous ulceration

  • Secondary lymphedema


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