The surgeon says there’s no definitive answer yet, but there’s an emerging understanding that there’s a genetic mutation in the veins that makes them more susceptible to varicosities.
“We don’t know how many people have this mutation and we don’t have a cure,” Dr. Michael R. Storbeck said.
He said the genetic mutation affects one in 50,000 to 1 in 7,000 people in the world.
“So, what’s the probability that this gene causes this?”
Storbeck is director of the Center for Cellular & Molecular Medicine at the University of Michigan and co-director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ Varicose Vein Study.
The new study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, looked at a subset of people with a genetic condition called varicosis.
Stor, an expert in varicoses, said there are some genetic markers that are associated with the condition.
“Some of them have to do with the vascular system,” he said.
“One of those markers is the VLDL (vascular endothelial growth factor) gene.”
It’s been linked to cardiovascular disease, and that’s associated with heart disease, but the exact cause isn’t known.
“In the new study of more than 500 people with varicosity, Stor says there were several genes that correlated with the prevalence of varicosed veins.”
There was a cluster of genes that had been linked in the past to varicella, which is a very common disease.
But there were other genes that were associated with varicellosis,” he explained.”
These genes were linked to the more vascular disease and it’s possible that those are associated as well.
“Researchers say the mutation affects the genetic code and it can be passed on through the blood stream to children.
The mutation causes the veins to look red and swollen, but it doesn’t cause them to bleed.”
The veins look like a balloon, they look swollen and they look red,” Stor said.
That’s not unusual for people with veins, but he says it can happen in the absence of a blood clot.”
If you have a blood clot, the veins don’t get swollen,” he told CBC News.”
They will look normal, but if you don’t develop a blood vessel, it can cause severe varicotic vein pain, which can lead to an infection.
“Doctors say varicOS is not life-threatening, but patients with the mutation have a much greater risk of complications, including:•Difficulty swallowing and speaking•Coughing up and spitting up•Sinus infections and ear infections•Dry mouth, skin rashes, a weak immune system, and breathing problems•Increased risk of infections and a weakened immune system that may not be able to fight infections.
There is no cure for varicosa, and it is treatable with a blood transfusion, St. Louis University said in a news release.
It is also known to be caused by the varicelli virus.