What does a varicose ulcer indicate?  

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bandmanjoe | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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A varicose ulcer is tecnically called an ulcer with gastric varices.  Gastric varices are dilated submucosal veins in the stomach, which can be a life-threatening cause of upper gastro-intestinal hemmorhage.  They are most commonly found in patients with portal hypertension, or elevated pressure in the portal vein system, which can be a complication of cirrhosis.  Patients with bleeding gastric varices can present with bloody vomiting, dark, tarry stools, or heavy rectal bleeding.  Treatment of gastric varices can include injections of the varices with cyanoacrylate glue or a radiological procedure to decrease the pressure in the portal vein.


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surgeon-arun | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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Varicose Ulcer is a ulcer ( i.e. a breach in continuity of the skin) mostly occurring on lower part of the leg due to varicosity (torchicity; incompetent) of leg vains. It occurs in middle/old age.