Overview of Venous Disorders
There is growing recognition of the importance of venous pathology in our daily practice. With a better understanding of venous insufficiency distribution and its consequences, it is being proved that the main pathology of venous disease is not an obstructive process as previously thought. There are several methods to classify venous diseases, such as distribution and severity; however, the most effective way is to assess the severity based on clinical, etiological, anatomical, and pathophysiological aspects. This international classification is not only an efficient description, but is imperative in determining appropriate management. It is crucial to understand the new terminology, not only to keep up with the American Venous Forum updates, but also to serve as a common language among venous specialists. This chapter is an overview of venous disorders, both from anatomical and pathophysiological aspects, with a brief update on the new horizons in the management of venous disease.
KeywordsVenous Superficial Deep Reflux CEAP Deep venous thrombosis Perforator Phlegmasia Incompetence
The author records his special thanks to Dr. Mary Emmett for reviewing the content of this chapter.
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