Vein Glossary

Below is a glossary of terms related to all aspects of venous disease

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CEAP Class
A classification system of the cause, location, and severity of venous problems.
  -- Revision of the CEAP classification for chronic venous disorders: Consensus statement


Chronic Venous Hypertension
The term used to describe the longstanding high pressure in the venous system.


Chronic venous insufficiency
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs.
  -- The care of patients with varicose veins and associated chronic venous diseases: Clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum


Compression
A term used to describe the use of surgical stockings, ACE wraps, or other dressings to reduce the venous pressure at the skin level.
  -- Use of Compression Stockings in Chronic Venous Disease: Patient Compliance and Efficacy
  -- Compression versus sclerotherapy for patients with isolated refluxing reticular veins and telangiectasia: a randomized trial comparing quality-of-life outcomes


CTV or MRV
Advanced radiologic imaging devices (CT scan/ MRI scan) to non-invasively look at veins of the abdomen and pelvis.