What conditions should be included in the differential diagnosis of venous insufficiency?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Misdiagnosing venous disease often is lethal when venous thrombosis is involved, but it is rarely disastrous when the disease is caused by other conditions, because nonthrombotic venous disease is slowly progressive. Although morbidity results in a decreased quality of life and an inability to work, death is rare.

In addition to the conditions listed in the differential diagnosis, other problems to be considered include hepatic insufficiency and lymphedema.


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