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Spider veins on 14 year old

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My daughter is 14, she was born pre-maturely at 28 weeks gestation but has had no major health problems except for anxiety related hypertension, diagnosed as "white coat syndrome" a couple of years ago after lengthy testing at Brenner's Cheildren's Hospital here in NC.
About two years ago we noticed some slight spider veins on her legs. In two years time they have become significantly worse and are very noticeable mainly behind her knees but also vaguely on her thighs and calves. She has a slight build, 5'5" and 100 lbs. She runs track and jumps hurdles about 4-5 months during the year. Kids at school have asked her about them so she does not wear shorts or skirts anymore but they continue to notice and ask in PE class. Is this at all normal at her age? Should we seek treatment? Thanks, Dove

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replied October 14th, 2009
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Welcome to the forum!
Since your daughter is 14 years old and undergoing hormonal changes in body, the spider veins can be the result of these changes. Too much exposure to sun in fair skinned can be another cause. At times they are hereditary.
Spider veins can also be due to deep vein thrombosis of the deep veins of the leg or maybe valvular dysfunction of the deep veins of the legs. This can be diagnosed by color Doppler or by angiogram of the leg veins.
Diabetes, hypertension (she has this—white coat syndrome), abnormal kidney function can be precipitating factors.
However on net and without examining it is difficult to give a confirmed opinion. Please consult your doctor about these possibilities. Hope this helps. Take care!

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