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Is it possible to have varicose veins in your arms?

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Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Varicose veins can be present in the arms, legs, across the abdominal wall as well in the face. Varicose veins are dilated veins due to reverse of vein flow. Instead of vein flow towards the heart, venous reflux is present due to valve damage. Stagnate blood flow with pull by gravity causes bulge of the veins. Vein pressures are greater in the lower limbs, result in increased varicose veins.
Dr. John Oren
General Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: You should seek out a vein specialist or vascular surgeon for further evaluation.
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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Really? Never heard of such thing : varicose veins of the arms? Dilated veins, reflux, DOES NOT EXIST!
Sep 20, 2013
Dr. John Oren
General Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Most varicose veins of the arm are due to compression of the subclavian vein between first rib and clavicle. Please consult with a vascular surgeon or specialist in vein surgery.
Dr. Ted King
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undefined 40 years experience
Very uncommon: As dr. Oren said, it is possible but would be very uncommon.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Veins: True varicose veins are unlikely to occur in the arms,if you have bulging veins there may be an issue with possible thoracic outlet syndrome

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