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Bulging abdominal veins Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Bulging abdominal 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Past medical history?

    Why: jaundice ( may suggest cirrhosis of liver as cause of portal hypertension), rheumatic heart disease (may suggest chronic heart failure as cause of portal hypertension), pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis ( may indicate clotting tendency and thus suggest a possible cause of portal hypertension or inferior vena caval obstruction).

  2. Medications?

    Why: e.g. oral contraceptive pill may cause Budd-Chiari Syndrome which is a cause of portal hypertension.

  3. Alcohol history?

    Why: will give information about likelihood of liver disease and consequent portal hypertension.

  4. Abdominal swelling or distention?

    Why: may suggest ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity) which can occur with either portal hypertension or inferior vena caval obstruction.

  5. Abdominal pain?

    Why: can get a stretching sensation from abdominal distention of ascites; or localized pain from congested liver, large spleen or bowel cancer.

  6. Indigestion?

    Why: may be due to tense abdominal ascites or abdominal tumor.

  7. Breathing difficulties?

    Why: may be due to pressure on lungs from ascites fluid.

  8. Change in bowel habit?

    Why: may suggest a bowel or other cancer which could be obstructing the inferior vena cava.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bulging abdominal veins:

The following list of conditions have 'Bulging abdominal 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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