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5 year old, suffering from autism, paining legs, blue color below knee, not raised. Varicose vein?

i have a nine year old son with autism who is currently taking risperdone .5 mg BID. earlier today, i noticed what i thought was a varicose vein, it was blue, a couple of inches below the knee on the side of his leg. however it is not raised. he told me that his leg hurts and pointed behind his knee to show where. should i be worriedl?
Asked On : Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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It is very difficult to ascertain what the swelling is. A varicose vein is a dilated tortuous vein with reverse flow. What you describe can be a dilated vein but to ascertain whether it is a varicose vein is difficult to say. A varicose vein can cause pain in the legs. But at this age there are many more causes which can lead to leg pain like anemia, hypocalcemia etc. I suggest you consult a Pediatric Surgeon for further evaluation. Till then keep his legs elevated especially in the night. Give him some pillows below his leg. If its varicose veins, it will help. Some tight stockings will also help but i guess you should get a diagnosis first.
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Answered: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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