Which palpation findings are characteristic of varicose veins and spider veins (telangiectasia)?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Findings on palpation may include the following:

  • A firm, thickened, thrombosed superficial vein in an area of leg pain or tenderness

  • Deep boggy or spongy pockets in the calf muscle and deep palpable bony notches, especially over the anterior tibia, caused by erosion from chronic varices

  • Fascial defects in the calf along the course of an abnormal vein at sites where superficial tributaries emerge through openings in the superficial fascia

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.


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