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Bleeding Varicose Veins

Located very near the surface of the skin, varicose veins may rupture and bleed spontaneously or due to a very minor injury to the skin.  Often, the veins which bleed spontaneously are small veins near the ankle and they do not necessarily cause pain or tenderness.

Bleeding varicose veins may be small amounts on sporadic occasions or it may be life-threatening with blood squirting many feet across the room.

Emergency treatment for bleeding from a varicose vein is simple:

  • Elevate the leg higher than the heart, and
  • Apply pressure over the bleeding site continuously for several minutes.

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy has proven to be one of the best treatments to prevent repeat bleeding episodes.  Complete evaluation of the veins of the lower extremity is important to find the underlying causes of the problem for definitive treatment.