Tanyol, H.
January 1963
Angiology;Jan1963, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
A brief critical review of prevailing theories on the etiology of varicose veins is given. It is emphasized that the subject of varicose veins needs drastic revision. In primary varicose veins valvular incompetence seems to be characteristic of the advanced stages of the disorder and, consequently, is of no etiologic significance. The author's investigations, reviewed in this paper, have introduced three new findings in the field of varicose veins: 1. Prolonged, excessive use of ethyl alcohol appears to con tribute to the development of varicose veins. 2. Generalized scantiness of body hair is characteristic of patients with primary varicose veins. 3. In patients with portal cirrhosis the incidence of varicose veins is high regardless of the presence or absence of ascites. It is suggested that extreme vasodilation caused by alcohol may be equivalent to the effect of arteriovenous fistulas in the development of varicose formations. The fact that varicose veins are frequently seen in those individuals who consume alcohol suggests the possibility of other exogenous or endogenous chemical substances as causative agents in varicose veins.


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