Venous flow test, Evaluation of venous integrity, Vein emptying test


The venous flow test is a clinical examination performed to evaluate the integrity of the veins, their filling and emptying.

Test procedure:

 Locate a visible vein on your patient’s body and with you indexes indent the middle portion of this vein between two valves than draw your fingers apart from each other in the direction of the valves. Following this, release one index and appreciate the results and repeat the procedure releasing the other index. Various sites can be used over the body, depending on which location you wish to assess.

Test findings: Positive & negative

A normal response is for the vein to refill rapidly after releasing index pressure. An abnormal response is for the filling time to be abnormally prolonged or incomplete.

Special considerations:

This test may reveal valve disorders and/or other vascular pathologies.