Occasionally, varicose veins can form a painful blood clot with inflammation of the vein, a condition called thrombophlebitis.
Varicose veins, a vascular disease that causes swollen, twisted veins, affect up to 35 percent of the American population. They are usually found in the legs, but can appear elsewhere on the body. Also known as venous insufficiency, varicose veins occur when damaged veins have trouble sending blood from the legs to the heart.
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