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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Bulging veins. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: e.g. neck, chest, abdomen, legs or around the anus.
Why: e.g. female sex, family history, pregnancy, multiple pregnancies, increasing age, standing occupations, low fiber diet.
Why: e.g heart attack, disease of heart muscle, severe lung disease may suggest right heart failure; Rheumatic heart disease - may suggest tricuspid heart valve stenosis or regurgitation as a cause of bulging neck veins or chronic heart failure as a cause of portal hypertension; Rheumatoid arthritis, chronic renal failure, tuberculosis, chest radiotherapy, heart operation, heart trauma - may suggest causes of Constrictive pericarditis; Jaundice ( may suggest cirrhosis of liver as cause of portal hypertension); pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis ( may indicate clotting tendency and thus suggest a possible cause of portal hypertension, inferior vena caval obstruction or varicose veins).
Why: e.g. oral contraceptive pill may cause Budd-Chiari Syndrome which is a cause of portal hypertension.
Why: is a major risk factor for lung cancer which may cause superior vena caval obstruction and thus bulging neck veins.
Why: will give information about likelihood of liver disease and consequent portal hypertension.
Why: e.g. varicose veins.
Why: e.g. leg fatigue, leg heaviness, aching discomfort in legs and itching.
Why: e.g. superficial thrombophlebitis ( inflammation with clotting within the vein), skin ulceration, bleeding, skin cancer changes.
Why: e.g. swollen ankle, pain in calf, warmth in calf - may suggest a clotting tendency and thus suggest a possible cause of portal hypertension, inferior vena caval obstruction or varicose veins).
Why: may suggest a possible cause of hemorrhoids and a risk factor for varicose veins.
Why: e.g. bulging neck veins, ankle swelling, abdominal swelling, nausea.
Why: e.g. bulging neck and chest veins if lung cancer is obstructing the superior vena cava, cough, blood in sputum, shortness of breath, weight loss, chest pain.
Why: e.g. bulging neck and chest veins if thyroid is obstructing the superior vena cava, mild discomfort with swallowing, mild shortness of breath.
Why: may suggest ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity) which can occur with either portal hypertension or inferior vena caval obstruction.
Why: can get a stretching sensation from abdominal distention of ascites; or localized pain from congested liver, large spleen or bowel cancer.
Why: may be due to tense abdominal ascites or abdominal tumor.
Why: may be due to pressure on lungs from ascites fluid.
Why: may suggest a bowel or other cancer which could be obstructing the inferior vena cava.
The following list of conditions have 'Bulging veins' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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