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Treatment of varicose veins should not be rationed on the basis of complications alone

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 06 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1627
  1. Dan Carradice, National Institute for Health Research clinical lecturer in vascular surgery1
  1. 1Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull-York Medical School, Academic Vascular Surgical Unit, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull HU3 2JZ, UK
  1. dan1{at}

Our understanding of superficial venous insufficiency has changed recently, and this has been accompanied by a revolution in management concepts and modalities. The article by Nogaro and colleagues on varicose veins confirms that widely held misperceptions about this disease persist,1 and that this area has become a soft target for rationing and budgetary constraint. …

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