J Korean Soc Microsurg.  2008 May;17(1):55-59.

Venous Varix of the Digit: Two Cases Report

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. nmcps@unitel.co.kr

Abstract

Varix of the digit is generally defined as an enlarged, tortuous palmar digital vein with or without thrombus within it. It usually presents as a firm, blue mass on the volar aspect of the finger. Mechanical compression or chronic trauma to veins on the volar surface of a digit appears central to the pathogenesis of this lesion. Aging phlebectasia has also been considered as a cause of this lesion in the elderly. A tourniquet test may be useful in demonstrating the presence of a digital varix, but it is confirmed by postoperative microscopic examination. Excision of a symptomatic lesion has proven to be curative. We report two cases of symptomatic digital varix which developed in the fourth finger with a review of literatures.

Keyword

Varix; Digit; Excision

MeSH Terms

Aged
Aging
Fingers
Humans
Thrombosis
Tourniquets
Varicose Veins
Veins
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