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Interventions for varicose veins and leg oedema in pregnancy

from The Cochrane Library

Pregnancy is presumed to be a major contributory factor in the increased incidence of varicose veins in women, which can in turn lead to venous insufficiency and leg oedema. The most common symptom of varicose veins and oedema is the substantial pain experienced, as well as night cramps, numbness, tingling, the legs may feel heavy, achy and possibly be unsightly. Treatments for varicose veins are usually divided into three main groups: surgery, pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments. Treatments of leg oedema comprise mostly symptom reduction rather than cure and use of pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches. more

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