Vein Glossary

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

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


Nutcracker syndrome
A vascular compression disorder that refers to the compression of the left renal vein between the superior mesenteric artery and aorta. This can lead to renal venous hypertension, resulting in rupture of thin-walled veins into the collecting system with resultant hematuria.
  -- Treatment of nutcracker syndrome with open and endovascular interventions


Stasis Dermatitis
Refers to the pigmentation that occurs in the skin after long standing venous hypertension.


Venous Hypertension
The term used to describe the higher the normal pressure in the venous system. This is usually related to dysfunction of the venous valve or an old clot.