Recurrent varicose veins: a varicographic analysis leading to a new practical classification

Br J Surg. 1995 Jan;82(1):60-2. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800820121.


The varicograms of 128 legs were reviewed by a panel of two vascular surgeons and a radiologist with a specialist vascular interest. Varicography effectively elucidates the anatomical basis of recurrence. Recurrent varicose veins were associated with (i) technically unsatisfactory surgery at the saphenofemoral junction (66 per cent) and (ii) failure to remove the long saphenous vein in the thigh (60 per cent). A new classification is offered as a basis for comparison of series, audit and surgical training.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Recurrence
  • Saphenous Vein / diagnostic imaging
  • Saphenous Vein / pathology
  • Thigh / blood supply
  • Varicose Veins / diagnostic imaging*
  • Varicose Veins / pathology