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  • ReviewOctober 30, 2002

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    Varicose Veins in the Legs

    Bo Yang Suh, M.D.

    J Korean Soc Phlebol 2002; 1(1): 3-8
    Varicose veins are one of the most common vascular problems seen in out patient clinic. They affect about 15% of the adult population. Most varicose veins are the result of a congenital or familial predisposition that lead to loss of elasticity in the vein wall and the absence or incompetence of venous valves. These primary varicosities generally progress downward in the greater saphenous system. Secondary or acquired varicosities occur when the venous valves have been damaged by trauma, deep vein thrombosis, or inflammation. The basic pathophysiology of varicose veins are summarized and the initial lower extremity venous examination is described. The author focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins in the legs including new treatment trends. (J Korean Soc Phlebol 2002;1:3-8)
  • Original ArticleApril 1, 2009

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    The Changes of Sapheno-femoral Confluence after Great Saphenous Vein Stripping to Treat Varicose Vein

    Yoon Sung Joo, M.D. and Ki Hyuk Park, M.D.

    J Korean Soc Phlebol 2009; 8(1): 1-4
    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to know the changes of sapheno-femoral confluence after great saphenous vein stripping to treat varicose vein.
    Method: From June 2007 to April 2008, 117 patients underwent clinical review, preoperative duplex scan and saphenofemoral ligation with great saphenous vein (GSV) stripping to treat varicose vein. We checked the size, reflux and neovascularization by duplex scan at 1 month to 12 months postoperatively (mean time: 223.88±120.99 days).
    Result: A cumulative total of 33 saphenofemoral confluences (28 patients, women: 19 patients) were studied. There were no significant difference between preoperative and postoperative saphenofemoral confluences in duplex scan (for example: the size of femoral vein, saphenous vein and sapheno- femoral junction). In preoperative duplex scan, there were 21 reflux positive tributaries. After operation (high ligation and GSV stripping), there were 4 reflux positive tributaries.
    Conclusion: There was no change in size of saphenofemoral confluences. There was no evidence of recurrence in reflux tests. We could find neovascularization at sapheno-femoral confluence. But there was no recurrent varicose vein. To know the relation of recurrence with neovascularization, further studies are needed. (J Korean Soc Phlebol 2009;8: 1-4)
  • Review ArticleJune 30, 2015

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    Mechanism of Dilatation and Tortuosity of Veins

    Sang Jun Park

    J Korean Soc Phlebol 2015; 14(1): 8-10
    Tortuosity and dilatation of veins is a typical sign of varicose veins. Mechanism of tortuosity development and vein dilatation is the major pathogenesis of varicose vein and therefore it is closely related to the risk factors for varicose vein. The greatest known risk factor for varicose vein is body posture to increase hydrostatic pressure. Recent research shows that an increase in venous hydrostatic pressure is sufficient to promote venous remodeling by increasing wall stress and activating venous endothelial and smooth muscle cells. Mechanical forces can alter molecular environment and the activator protein 1 (AP-1) is suggested a prerequisite for venous remodeling. So-called biomechanical mechanism is one of the basic concepts that describe abnormal tortuosity and dilatation of veins. But the most fundamental and significant method for prevention and treatment of varicose vein is still to reduce the venous filling pressure despite the fact that many molecular mechanisms can provide the explanation for the causes of varicose vein. (Korean J Phlebology 2015;14:8-10)
  • Original ArticleDecember 31, 2020

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    Prevalence of Chronic Venous Disease in Healthcare Workers

    Su-kyung Kwon, M.D. and Hyangkyoung Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

    Ann Phlebology 2020; 18(3): 45-50
    Background: Prolonged standing or sitting at work is associated with a high prevalence of chronic venous disease (CVD). We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of CVD by assessing its occurrence and symptoms in hospital health care workers.
    Methods: We retrospectively analyzed healthcare workers from one university hospital who agreed to take a questionnaire on lower extremity symptoms. The VEINES-QOL/Sym questionnaire was used for clinical evaluation.
    Results: A total of 1,166 healthcare workers participated in the survey; 247 (21.2%) were male and 919 (78.8%) were female. The mean age of the participants was 36.3±10.8 (19∼67) years. Of the total participants, 237 (20.3%) had no disease, 552 (47.3%) had mild disease, and 377 (32.3%) had moderate to severe disease. The mean (SD) VEINES-QOL/Sym score (score) for all participants was 67.29 (12.38). When sorted by sex, the total scores were significantly lower for female participants than for their male counterparts (female, 64.6±11.5 vs. male, 77.3±10.4, p<0.001). The total scores of the nurses/nurse assistants of both sexes were 63.1±11.5. The active group score was 77.6±9.8, the mid-group score was 70.7±11.3, and the sedentary group score was 76.3±9.4 (p< 0.001). Linear regression analysis revealed that female sex, age, total working years, and work-related mobility were significantly related to the total score (all, p<.001).
    Conclusion: The prevalence of clinical CVD and venous reflux was high among health care workers. Female sex, nursing vocation, and prolonged standing at work were risk factors for CVD. Prevention and proper management of CVD to improve quality of life should be considered, especially in those groups with high risk factors.
  • Review ArticleJune 30, 2022

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    Usefulness of D-Dimer for DVT Diagnosis in COVID-19 Patients

    Chung Won Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

    Ann Phlebology 2022; 20(1): 6-8
    COVID-19, a pandemic currently, is known to cause hypercoagulability, but may cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Generally, D-dimer is useful for diagnosing DVT, but in COVID-19 patients, there is a high possibility of false positives due to the accompanying infection. A literature review revealed that D-dimer levels are elevated in patients with COVID-19. Therefore, a new D-dimer cutoff value for DVT in COVID-19 is needed. Higher D-dimer levels in COVID-19 patients are significantly associated with disease progression.
  • Review ArticleJune 30, 2022

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    The 2020 Update of the CEAP Classification: Updated Contents and Background

    Ki-Pyo Hong, M.D., Ph.D.

    Ann Phlebology 2022; 20(1): 19-23
    The following are included in the 2020 update of the CEAP classification: addition of the modifier “r” to the C2 and C6 recurrent disease, addition of corona phlebectatica to the C4 class as a separate subclass (C4c,) subcategorization of ES (secondary etiology) into ESi (intravenous secondary etiology) and Ese (extravenous secondary etiology), and the use of anatomic abbreviations instead of numbering the venous segments in the anatomical classification. Researchers should understand the definition of the recurrence of varicose veins and the diagnostic criteria of corona phlebectatica.
  • Original ArticleJune 30, 2022

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    Prophylactic Antibiotics for Combined Endovenous Ablation and Phlebectomy, Necessary or Not?: A Propensity Score Matching Case-Control Study

    Kilsoo Yie, M.D., A-Rom Shin, R.A. and Eun-Hee Jeong, R.A.

    Ann Phlebology 2022; 20(1): 30-36
    Objective: Current guidelines recommend that prophylactic antibiotics should not be used in endovenous surgery. However, it remains unclear whether prophylactic antibiotics are necessary for the combined endovenous procedure with concomitant phlebectomy.
    Methods: We conducted a propensity score-matched case-control study to assess post-procedural infection rates based on the use or non-use of prophylactic antibiotics. Initially, the study included 587 patients (mean age of 55.8 ±14.2 and 296 (50.4%) women) undergoing combined endovenous surgery with concomitant phlebectomy from 2018 to 2022. All procedures were performed under local anesthesia without any sedation. The primary outcome was to compare the incidence of surgical site wound infection (SSWI) after the combined procedure between the prophylactic antibiotic use (PA group) and non-use group (nPA group). The secondary outcomes were to analyze requirement of antibiotics due to any cause three months postoperatively and determine the incidence of thrombophlebitis requiring antibiotic treatment. After propensity score matching, 201 patients who received prophylactic antibiotics (PA group) and 201 who did not (nPA group) were selected, and the present study analyzed 402 participants.
    Results: The mean number of concomitant phlebectomies was 3.54±2.3 in the nPA group and 3.68±2.40 in the PA group (p=ns). The type of endovenous treatment (p=0.79 for VenaSeal, p=0.42 for radiofrequency ablation, p=0.52 for endovenous laser ablation, and p=0.38 for ultrasonographic foam sclerotherapy) and number of phlebectomies (3.61±2.3 in no SSWI group vs. 4.40±5.0 in SSWI group) were not associated with postoperative SSWI incidence. In the logistic regression test, the preoperative great saphenous vein size was a unique risk factor for postoperative SSWI (odds ratio 1.442, 95% confidence interval 1.12∼1.80, p=0.004).
    Conclusion: Both nPA and PA strategies had a very low and comparable incidence of SSWI after combined endovenous surgery and concomitant phlebectomy for chronic venous disease treatment. The nPA strategy did not increase post-procedural SSWI. An optimized and individualized protocol for the use of antibiotics is needed.
  • Brief communicationDecember 31, 2022

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    Introduction of a New Device Using Impedance Controlled Radiofrequency Ablation (IC-RFA) Technique for the Treatment of Chronic Venous Disease

    Insoo Park, M.D., Junseong Kwon, M.D. and Sujin Park, M.D.

    Ann Phlebology 2022; 20(2): 111-112
    Chronic venous disease with incompetent saphenous veins has variable treatment methods, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA) technique. RFA is a thermal treatment technique that is widely used worldwide with excellent treatment outcomes reported in many studies and currently recommended as the preferred treatment in guidelines of chronic venous diseases. Recently, in Korea, IC-RFA technique, which has different concept and principle from the existing RFA, has been developed and used in clinical practice. Unlike RFA that uniformly reproduces the ablation time and energy in incompetent saphenous veins, IC-RFA automatically controls the ablation time and energy according to the surrounding intravascular conditions. This technique has a theoretical benefit of transferring more energy for veins with larger diameters and reduced energy for small veins. Herein, we briefly introduce IC-RFA.
  • Original ArticleJune 30, 2023

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    Short-Term Results of Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation Using VENISTAR in Treatment of Varicose Veins

    Byeonggoon Kim, M.D. and Changsoo Kim, M.D.

    Ann Phlebology 2023; 21(1): 18-22
    Objective: Radiofrequency thermal ablation is an effective and safe treatment for varicose veins. Existing radiofrequency thermal ablation devices in Korea detect the temperature of the catheter to adjust the radiofrequency output. In contrast, VENISTAR, a new radiofrequency thermal ablation device, detects the resistance of the vein wall during ablation to adjust the radiofrequency output. Herein, the safety and effects of VENISTAR were assessed.
    Methods: A total of 60 patients with varicose veins who were treated using VENISTAR from January 2021 to September 2022 at our institution were retrospectively analyzed. In this study, 60 patients (41 males and 19 females) were treated with VENISTAR.
    Results: The mean age was 46.2±11.7 years for males and 52.7±14.2 years for females. CEAP classification was as follows: 28, 26, 4, and 2 patients had C2, C3, C4a, and C4c, respectively. A total of 89 truncal veins were treated, including 79 cases of the great saphenous vein and 10 cases of the small saphenous vein. The mean follow-up period was 190±130 days, and the success rate of treatment with VENISTAR was 97.7%. Complications included 20 cases of bruising, 3 cases of phlebitis, 2 cases of recanalization, and 1 case of neovascularization.
    Conclusion: VENISTAR, the new radiofrequency thermal ablation device, was effective and safe for treatment of varicose veins. However, as the follow up duration of the participants was relatively short, generalization of the findings was limited. In the future, long-term studies must be conducted.
  • Review ArticleDecember 31, 2023

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    Proper Preparations for the Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Varicose Veins of the Lower Extremities - The 2023 Korean Society for Phlebology Clinical Practice Guidelines

    Wooshik Kim, M.D., Tae Sik Kim, M.D., Sangchul Yun, M.D., Heangjin Ohe, M.D., Seung Chul Lee, M.D., Sung Ho Lee, M.D. and Sang Seob Yun, M.D.

    Ann Phlebology 2023; 21(2): 60-62
    In the diagnosis of varicose veins, duplex ultrasound scanning is recommended as the diagnostic test of choice. Both superficial and deep veins must be tested accurately and consistently in a standardized manner. Ultrasonography, while effective, is highly dependent on the examiner and requires standardization. To ensure reliable results, it is crucial to obtain high-quality images of superficial veins using a high-frequency linear array transducer during ultrasound examinations of the lower extremities. Image optimization techniques should be employed to minimize artificial images and enhance diagnostic quality. When conducting ultrasound examinations of the lower extremities, specifically for varicose veins, performing the venous reflux test in a standing position is essential. This positioning allows for testing under conditions more similar to physiological ones, ensuring a more accurate assessment of pathological reflux influence.
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