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Vascular Surgery

Popped vein in calf

01/13/2009

Question:

How serious is the condition of a popped vein in my calf? I jumped down from about a 2 foot ledge which was quite an impact. A minute later I felt a stinging/itching sensation in my calf muscle and then a place rose up that looked like an insect bite. A couple of minutes passed and a bruise began to form in that area where a small vein had been before. It has been 2 days and the bruise is beginning to fade. Just curious in case this happens again.

Answer:

It sounds as if you may have traumatized some muscle and small superficial veins. This is why bruising develops after sprains and strains.

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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