Vein Glossary

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

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Perforator
Perforator veins connect the superficial system to the deep system. These veins normally drain blood from the superficial veins to the deep veins as part of the process of returning oxygen-depleted blood to the heart.


Superficial thrombophlebitis (SVT)
Inflammation of a vein due to a blood clot in a vein usually located in veins near the skin surface. -- Also called: superficial vein thrombosis


Superficial Vein
Veins that are located closer to the skin above the muscles of the thigh and lower leg. In most cases, superficial veins are responsible for the bulging veins called varicosities.


Vein Light
A device that illuminates the superficial veins of the skin. May help identify feeding source of vein.