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Advances in Dermatology and Allergology/Postępy Dermatologii i Alergologii
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4/2021
vol. 38
 
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Chronic venous disorders – common and yet unknown – a study of public awareness and primary symptoms in a selected group of patients

Marcela Nowak
1
,
Dorota Mehrholz
1
,
Wioletta Barańska-Rybak
1
,
Roman J. Nowicki
1

1.
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Adv Dermatol Allergol 2021; XXXVIII (4): 585–589
Online publish date: 2021/09/17
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Introduction
Chronic venous disorder (CVD) is thoroughly spread across the globe. It affects about 40% of the Polish population. European guidelines underline that there are no data on the percentage of people who have first symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. Aim: To determine the frequency and pattern of first symptoms and examine public knowledge on CVD in a selected group of patients.

Material and methods
Our study group consists of 175 patients who took part in preventive assessment of nevi. To determine public knowledge on CVD, we constructed a questionnaire, which consisted of two sections: one part to be completed by the patient and the other by the doctor.

Results
The median age was 41 years. From 175 patients, about 40% claimed that they do not recognize CVD. Only about half of them knew how to diagnose and treat it. Most of them associate telangiectasia and varicose veins as primary signs and symptoms of CVD.

Conclusions
Despite the fact that the disease itself is common, the level of public awareness is astonishingly low. Majority of patients tested could not associate first signs and symptoms, even though most of them had primary symptoms of the disease. In order to avoid high-cost treatment of ulcers and varicose veins, we should spread the knowledge on CVD.

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chronic venous insufficiency, ulcers, varicose veins, telangiectasia

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