CEAP Classification – A Continuum of Vein Disorders

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For years, physicians had a challenging time classifying abnormal leg veins, including varicose veins and spider veins. The main reason for the development of such a classification system was to stratify patients according to the severity of their condition and to standardize the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins, as well as the symptoms, which accompany these abnormal veins. In 1994, the CEAP Classification system was developed, which was again revised in 2004. This system is used worldwide to classify chronic venous disorders, inducing varicose veins and spider veins. CEAP stands for Clinical Signs (C), Etiology (E), Anatomy (A), and Pathophysiology (P). Without going into too much detail, the CEAP classification determines what the veins looks like and if there is any swelling or skin changes, what has cause the abnormal varicose veins or spider veins, and finally where are the varicose veins or spider veins located. Based on this classification, the physician and team can decide the optimal treatment plan. Treatment options usually involved compression stockings, sclerotherapy, or laser based treatment options for your leg veins. At Concept Medical in Ottawa, our physicians will discuss the optimal treatment options for your leg veins. Please contact us at Concept Medical to book your consultation for your leg veins.

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