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Incidence and pattern of long saphenous vein duplication and its possible implications for recurrence after varicose vein surgery.
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PMID:  11872057     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The incidence of long saphenous vein (LSV) duplication has not been clearly established. This anomaly could have implications for recurrence after varicose vein surgery. METHODS: Some 103 saphenograms obtained in 85 patients being considered for peripheral arterial bypass surgery were reviewed. Non-ionic contrast medium was injected directly into the vein or its tributaries at the ankle. Duplications of the LSV and their relation to thigh and calf perforator veins were assessed and recorded by two independent observers. RESULTS: There was evidence of duplication of the LSV in 50 (49 per cent) of the 103 saphenograms. Most duplications were present in the thigh (88 per cent) and the most common pattern was a closed loop (54 per cent). Perforator veins were connected to one branch of the duplication in 42 per cent of the legs (20 per cent of all 103 legs); in half the perforator vein was connected to the non-dominant branch of the duplication. Only ten of the 18 patients who had bilateral saphenograms had duplications in both legs, and only one patient had the same pattern of duplication on both sides. CONCLUSION: The incidence of LSV duplications is higher than previously reported.
N E Corrales; A Irvine; C L McGuinness; R Dourado; K G Burnand
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of surgery     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0007-1323     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Surg     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-01     Completed Date:  2002-04-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372553     Medline TA:  Br J Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  323-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Academic Surgical Unit and Department of Radiology, St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cohort Studies
Leg / blood supply
Middle Aged
Saphenous Vein / abnormalities*
Varicose Veins / surgery*

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