Allergy as a factor in surface ulcers, varicose veins, phlebitis and thrombosis
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The causes and symptoms of varicose veins, together with their sequelae, varicose ulcer, thrombosis and phlebitis, are reviewed.
Attention is called to the fact that
most of these conditions occur most frequently in the legs, but
thrombosis, in particular, while it has been observed in all parts of the body, is more frequent in the coronary and femoral arteries.
Allergenic foods and other substances may produce inflammation and other reactions in the endothelium of the blood vessels, in the same way that they produce the more familiar sensitizations of the epithelium.
Six cases are cited: 2 had pruritis and eczema; 3 had varicose ulcers of the leg, 1 of the neck; 2 had angina pectoris, showing involvement of the coronary arteries; there were 2 case’s of thrombosis of the femoral vessels.
In each of the cases described, complete relief of symptoms was obtained by adherence to diets based on avoidance of allergenic foods, as demonstrated by cutaneous tests. In Cases 1, 5 and 6, lapses from the prescribed diet brought on recurrence of symptoms.