A 38-year-old female asked:
my 2 y.o has large blue jugular vein on l neck. at times it bulges & other times not. can see it pulse @ times. had echo as a baby, no defects. worry?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Amster answered
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: In small children especially the external jugular vein (there are two, internal and external) can bulge a bit at times, indicating a good amount of blood return. Especially when he's turned the right way and the muscle and lymph nodes are all visible. This is something we see often, and is innocent in nature.
Answered on Jun 24, 2018
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