Updated terminology of chronic venous disorders: the VEIN-TERM transatlantic interdisciplinary consensus document

J Vasc Surg. 2009 Feb;49(2):498-501. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2008.09.014.


Non-uniform terminology in the world's venous literature has continued to pose a significant hindrance to the dissemination of knowledge regarding the management of chronic venous disorders. This VEIN-TERM consensus document was developed by a transatlantic interdisciplinary faculty of experts under the auspices of the American Venous Forum (AVF), the European Venous Forum (EVF), the International Union of Phlebology (IUP), the American College of Phlebology (ACP), and the International Union of Angiology (IUA). It provides recommendations for fundamental venous terminology, focusing on terms that were identified as creating interpretive problems, with the intent of promoting the use of a common scientific language in the investigation and management of chronic venous disorders. The VEIN-TERM consensus document is intended to augment previous transatlantic/international interdisciplinary efforts in standardizing venous nomenclature which are referenced in this article.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Aneurysm / classification
  • Chronic Disease
  • Consensus Development Conferences as Topic
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Male
  • Postthrombotic Syndrome / classification
  • Sclerotherapy / classification*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Varicocele / classification
  • Varicose Veins / classification
  • Vascular Diseases / classification*
  • Vascular Diseases / complications
  • Vascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Vascular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Vascular Diseases / therapy
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / classification*
  • Venous Insufficiency / classification