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To the Editor: With appreciation I have considered the scientific exhibit on the "Stasis Syndrome" by Dr. E. M. Farber and Dr. V. R. Barnes, A. M. A. Archives of Dermatology of March, 1956, pages 277-282. However, I can hardly believe that the authors still think that varicose (superficial) veins are the cause of the stasis syndrome as one might conclude from their text and graphs (pages 277, 279, and 281). They must be well aware of the fact that the superficial veins of the legs return only 10%-20% of the blood, which flows back to the heart. So, with intact perforator and deep vein valves, varices of the superficial veins are of practically no importance for the increase of the hydrostatic pressure (except perhaps in some cases of very great extension, with additional factors, as long periods of standing, etc.). Not before the perforator or (and) deep vein systems
DE BERGH J. THE STASIS SYNDROME. AMA Arch Derm. 1956;74(6):682. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550120102026