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Noticeable blue vein, cause ?

My 18 mo old has had a noticeable blue vein that is about a half inch big on her calf since birth but over the past few days it is becoming darker blue and looks like a bruise . Could it be a varicose vein or something serious?
Asked On : Tue, 13 Mar 2012
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This can be a Venous Malformation, that is a bunch of veins that have formed in an improper way.

These can spontaneously disappear until the child is 2 years old.

But if they persist when she is older then you should see a doctor, preferably a Vascular Interventional Radiologist and have an Ultrasound done to confirm a Slow Flow Vascular Malformation. This can then be sclerosed by injecting a sclerosing agent like Sodium Tetradecyl Suplhate.

This would be a day care procedure and your need not get too stressed about it.


Dr.Saurabh Joshi
Vascular Interventional Radiologist
Answered: Fri, 12 Jul 2013
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