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I noticed a vein on the middle of my hand protrude out a little. It's hard to the touch. This is near an IV site. Is this a collapse vein? Or phlebi

I noticed a vein on the middle of my hand protrude out a little. It's hard to the touch. This is near an IV site. Is this a collapse vein? Or phlebi

Phlebitis: Most likely this is a superficial phlebitis related to the irritation from the iv needle. It's not dangerous and in time will become less distended but could remain permanently scarred.

Dr. Ted King
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How do veins collapse in the neck?

How do veins collapse in the neck?

Pressure changes: Neck veins distend when we lie with our head lower than our heart or when we strain. With straining, the pressure within the chest increases and the blood flow through the neck veins decrease resulting in them enlarging. When straining is stopped, the pressure in the chest decreases and flow continues through the neck veins so they become less engorged.

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Vein collapse during blood work? Why does this happen?

Vein collapse during blood work? Why does this happen?

Stress: Anxiety, anticipation of pain with needle sticks will energize the sympathetic nervous system, causing vasospasm (shrinking) of veins. Try hydration prior blood work, placing warm heating pad on arm for better success.

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Is it dangerous to have vein collapse during blood work? What could it be from? Could it be a vascular problem?

Is it dangerous to have vein collapse during blood work? What could it be from? Could it be a vascular problem?

No: Vasospasm (vein shrinking) during blood work is commonly seen and not dangerous. It is the result of anxiety, anticipation of the potential pain with the needle stick, which activates the sympathetic nervous system resulting in vasospasm. It does not imply vascular problem.

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My veins are small. One time I was even turned away from giving blood bc they said my veins might "collapse". Should I be concerned?

My veins are small. One time I was even turned away from giving blood bc they said my veins might "collapse". Should I be concerned?

Nope: Sounds like you just have small veins. When they are sucking blood out, they could collapse, but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your veins, just the vial has too much suction for your veins. Anyways, I wouldn't worry about having small veins.

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Hi. I was wondering if it is normal for a vein to indent or collapse when you elevate your leg. I've been noticing one spot on the inside of my thigh.

Hi. I was wondering if it is normal for a vein to indent or collapse when you elevate your leg. I've been noticing one spot on the inside of my thigh.

Not really normal: When vein are enlarged and varicose they often engorge with blood that drains when the legs are elevated. This is common but not really normal. I would recommend you get it checked out by a vein specialist.

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What are the symptoms of a collapsed vein?

No flow: I assume you mean a vein that recently had a needle or iv. Veins may collapse or blow when fluid goes through them or blood is drawn from them. Phlebitis, inflammation of the vein, or a lumpy spot called a thrombosis may result. Neither is serious. Both are treated with warm compress and advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain.

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Docs can you explain what is a collapsed vein?

Docs can you explain what is a collapsed vein?

Venospasm: Veins don't like to be irritated with things like needles. Usually, when someone is talking about a collapsed vein they mean that they have tried to draw blood or start an IV and the vein has gone into spasm as a result of the irritation. The result is that the needle either isn't able to go into the vein or else it goes in but there is no blood return. With time the vein will relax and reopen.

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I had a feeling of a collapsed vein in my left arm after a vein injection, as it is appear to be blocked and it got swelled, anyhelp?

Phlebitis: Is an inflammation of a vein, which is another rare complication of the venipuncture procedure. Common symptoms of phlebitis are: pain, swelling and redness. The local trauma or injury to the vein can also cause phlebitis. The warm compresses, elevation of the involved extremity and nsaids otc and “tincture of time” will be enough to treat phlebitis. If concerned, see your pcp for evaluation.

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I have a collapsed vein in my wrist and it hurts very badly am I gong to be ok? How will this effect me? It is very painful can this be treated?

Collapsed vein: Collapsed veins usually do not hurt unless it is collapsed because of a traumatic episode and now there is a vasculitis. If it hurts so muck then see a doctor.

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Vein in my arm was punctured multiple times. 5min afterwards a dark purple bruise surfaced. A lot of pain wen moving arm now. Collapsed vein or abscess?

Vein in my arm was punctured multiple times. 5min afterwards a dark purple bruise surfaced. A lot of pain wen moving arm now. Collapsed vein or abscess?

Hematoma: What your are describing sounds like a hematoma which is escaped blood from the vein which has accumulated in the tissue around the vein. This is why the skin is bruised (black and blue). The pain is from the irritation from the multiple needle sticks. Apply ice for the first 48 hours then heat. Ibuprofen will also help. This should resolve over about one week.

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Flucluxicillin IV 4 10days now stopped as veins collapsed blew and tissued missed 6doses now will it be out my system and still have infection?

I'm sure you are: In good hands and your docs knows about your situation and would have either ordered a central line or other access if more needed or other med. If you have questions you have a right to talk directly to your docs

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How can I find the vein in my groin as I am an intravenous heroin user and all of my veins have collapsed?

Find help: Without judging, if you start injecting into the central venous circulation, you could be committing suicide. Get help for your addiction.

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Upon overdosing on meth and suffering pericarditis, veins that once surfaced my ankles collapsed yet ALOT of new big ones appeared all over my feet!

Upon overdosing on meth and suffering pericarditis, veins that once surfaced my ankles collapsed yet ALOT of new big ones appeared all over my feet!

Sorry you are: Having a rough go of it. Do you have a specific question we can answer? Was an IV placed in your foot while in the hospital?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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