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Chapter 55. Treatment of Chronic Venous Disease of the Lower Extremity

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The prevalence of varicose veins in the West is:

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A. <1%

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B. 1%-5%

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C. 5%-10%

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D. >20%

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The correct answer is D

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Which of the following statements is correct?

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A. The great saphenous vein (GSV) joins the popliteal vein to form the femoral vein.

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B. The small saphenous vein (SSV) is called the GSV above the knee.

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C. The GSV joins the femoral vein to form the common femoral vein.

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D. The GSV and SSV are deep veins of the lower extremities.

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The correct answer is C

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What is the best initial diagnostic test for chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)?

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A. Magnetic resonance venogram

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B. Duplex ultrasound

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C. Computed tomography venogram

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D. Plethysmography

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The correct answer is B

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To diagnose CVI with duplex ultrasound, the patient should be lying down.

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A. True

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B. False

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The correct answer is B

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Thermal ablation (radiofrequency or endovenous laser therapy) is best for which of the following?

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A. Deep veins

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B. Tortuous tributaries

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C. GSV or SSV

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D. For veins close to the skin

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The correct answer is C

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