Dear Patti

Gastrocnemial or Gastrocnemius veins, or Gastroc, as you call them are deep veins. In CEAP classification, they are coded as AD 18 (you can check any of the publications on CEAP, such as J Cardiovasc Surg 1997;38:437, Mayo Clin Proc. 1996 Apr;71(4):338 ). You can also check the revised Terminologia Anatomica in a nice paper by Alberto Coggiati (J Vasc Surg 2002;36:416) on pg 419.

Fedor Lurie, MD,PhD,RVT
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii

 Patti Shandloff <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Are Gastroc veins considered deep veins or superficial and how should they be treated? This is a argument with our reading docs.

Patti Shandloff BSN,RVT
Battjes Vascular Institute at Bethesda
Memorial Hospital
Boynton Beach, Fl.

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