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What are the risks of varicose veins in the groin?

This question was asked in Boswell, Oklahoma and has 2 answer(s) as of 12/28/2016.
My husband had testicular cancer. During that time a clot traveled up his leg and stopped in his groin. Recently fluid built up so much that he had a CAT scan. The doctor said that the large tube-like shape on his groin are a series of varicose veins, some as large as his thumb. He said they could do surgery, but it would risk losing circulation to his legs. They would monitor it. My husband is in discomfort. Do we need to worry about another clot forming in those veins and can we do anything to help his swelling and pain? Do I need to request other treatment options?

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Doctors Answers (2)

You describe a complex problem which must be evaluated in person by a sophisticated vein specialist. You need to be sure that you are seeing a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist with experience evaluating and treating problems in the iliac veins and inferior vena cava (the large veins in the abdomen and pelvis). Sometimes, the problems that you describe may be caused by obstruction of the abdominal or pelvic veins by old clot or scar tissue from old clot that might be treated in some circumstances.

My recommendation would be to consult with an interventional radiologist experienced with venography, foam sclerotherapy and possible coils. They would be best able to advise your husband.

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