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Is it possible to have varicose veins while none is been seen by eye along with diagnosis of weak veins in leg?

My doctor told me the ultrasound I just had on my right leg is showing that my veins are thin/weak. He is running more blood test and is checking my thyroid as well. But after coming home and searching on the internet weak veins come from varicose veins and I though varicose veins can be seen with the eye. I do not seem to have any showing? Is it possible to have varicose veins with none to be seen by the eye?
Thu, 2 Feb 2017
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Hello,
The veins in are body are located on the skin area(seen by eyes and called superficial veins) and located deep in muscles (deep veins, can't be seen by eyes, can be confirmed by Doppler)
So the Doppler suggests your deep veins are affected and that is the reason you can't see them.
hope this helps you
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