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J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1992 May;18(5):425-30.

Light reflection rheography. A non-invasive diagnostic tool for screening for venous disease.

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Department of Dermatology (HAMN), Helmond, The Netherlands.


Light reflection rheography has been increasingly used in the last few years to screen for chronic venous insufficiency. It is non-invasive, easy to perform, and well-suited for repetition and standardization. Light reflection rheography is appropriate for the global assessment of calf-pump insufficiency regardless of whether it is caused by varicosis, the postphlebitic syndrome, or deep venous thrombosis. For this reason, it is a good method to use as a pretreatment selection test, especially for varicose veins. With the application of tourniquets, it can help to predict treatment results. When it is used in combination with ultrasound venous Doppler, a simple decision can be made for the treatment of nearly all venous patients.

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