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Bulging veins

Bulging veins: Introduction

Bulging veins: Abnormal protrusion or bulging of the veins. See detailed information below for a list of 3 causes of Bulging veins, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Bulging veins:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Bulging veins. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Bulging veins

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Causes of Types of Bulging veins:

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Bulging veins: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Bulging veins, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Stories from Users for Bulging veins

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Message Boards for Bulging veins

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Diagnostic tests for Bulging veins:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Bulging veins. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Examine the bulging veins depending on location
    • If bulging veins are in the legs, examine for leg inflammation, swelling, pigmentation, tenderness or thrombosis. If the pattern of affected veins is unusual (e.g. bulging pubic veins), try to exclude a secondary cause of the varicose veins due to a pelvic cancer by performing a rectal and pelvic examination
    • If bulging veins are in the neck, examine the Internal jugular vein for height and character. It gives information about the function of the right side of the heart. Position the patient lying down at a 45 degree angle. If the height is more than 3 cm above the sternal angle it is often a sign of failure of the right ventricle of the heart or volume overload. Examine the cardiovascular system for signs of right ventricular failure (e.g. blue skin of the peripheries, tender enlarged liver, ankle swelling , distended abdomen due to ascites); tricuspid heart valve stenosis or regurgitation ( e.g. distinctive heart murmur); constrictive pericarditis ( e.g. low blood pressure, impalpable heart beat, soft heart sounds, enlarged liver and spleen, swollen ankles). Examine for signs of superior vena caval obstruction ( obstruction of the large vein that returns blood from head, neck and upper limbs to the heart) e.g. blue face, swelling of the eyes, nil pulsation of the internal jugular vein, bulging veins on chest wall. Examine for signs of a cause of the superior vena caval obstruction e.g. lung cancer, goiter, aortic aneurysm
    • If bulging veins are on the abdominal wall, determine the direction of blood flow through the prominent veins both above and below the navel (i.e. by occluding the vein with the finger and emptying the blood from the vein below the occluding finger. Remove the second finger and if the vein refills, flow is occurring towards the occluding finger). If direction of flow is away from the navel both above and below the navel it suggests severe portal hypertension. If direction of flow is upwards towards the heart both above and below the navel it suggests inferior vena cava obstruction (blockage of the main vein that collects blood from the legs and empties into right side of heart) usually due to a tumor or thrombosis (clot within the vein). If suspect portal hypertension as a cause of bulging abdominal veins, hemorrhoids or bloody vomit, examine for other signs of portal hypertension e.g. enlarged spleen, hemorrhoids, ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity); and also examine for signs of possible causes of portal hypertension such as liver disease, chronic cardiac failure, constrictive pericarditis, lymphoma , leukemia. If suspect inferior vena cava as a cause of bulging abdominal veins, examine for other signs of inferior vena cava obstruction e.g. ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity), pelvic or abdominal mass Digital rectal examination and manual vaginal examination may be required to examine for masses that may be obstructing the inferior vena cava and thus causing bulging veins
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count
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Bulging veins: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Bulging veins

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

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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Misdiagnosis and Bulging veins

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Bulging veins: Related Rare Diseases

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Bulging veins: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Bulging veins:

The list of organs typically affected by Bulging veins may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Bulging veins

The list below shows some of the causes of Bulging veins mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Bulging veins?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Bulging veins. Of the 3 causes of Bulging veins that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 3 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bulging veins:

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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Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Bulging veins?

Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Bulging veins, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

Classifications of Bulging veins:

Subtypes of Bulging veins:

Bulging neck veins (10 causes), Bulging abdominal veins (11 causes), Engorged Neck Veins (33 causes), Engorged scalp veins (1 cause), Jugular vein distention (6 causes)

Medical Conditions associated with Bulging veins:

Vein symptoms (68 causes), Blood vessel symptoms (480 causes), Circulatory system symptoms (1579 causes)

Symptoms related to Bulging veins:

Vein symptoms (68 causes), Varicose veins (65 causes), Bulging abdominal veins (11 causes), Bulging neck veins (10 causes), Vein pain (6 causes), Vein inflammation, Heart disorders, Heart failure (274 causes), Pericardial effusion (37 causes), Constrictive pericarditis (27 causes), Acute pancreatitis (78 causes), Cirrhosis of the liver, Ovarian cyst (9 causes), Kidney tumor

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