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When jugular vein is in pain?

When jugular vein is in pain?

One can feel: Pain in any given vein, jugular vein included, only if the vein is abnormal, i.e. Something happened around or in the vein. Specifically regarding the jugular vein excluding trauma to the vein, the vein can bee clotted even inflamed/infected from infections in the area such as in the throat or neck. So if your feel pain, I would suggest see your physician.

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What causes an enlarged jugular vein?

I have: To know is enlargement unilateral or bilateral, is also some puffiness of the face exists too. I t is is highly recommended to see a physician if the face is puffy too.

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My sons right jugular vein pops out all of the time. It's more prominent than the left one. Is that normal?

My sons right jugular vein pops out all of the time. It's more prominent than the left one. Is that normal?

Prominent jugular: He needs to see a doctor and may need further work up including CT scan of neck and chest to rule out any mass causing pressure on jugular vein. He may need an echocardiogram also.

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I have discomfort around the area of my jugular vein. It comes and goes as it pleases and has been happening for two days. What could this be?

I have discomfort around the area of my jugular vein. It comes and goes as it pleases and has been happening for two days. What could this be?

Normal: 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. This is normal. Levels of hydration, genetics, outside temperature and any increase in pressure within the chest will enlarge the neck veins. Your veins are most likely normal.

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What are these red dots on my jugular vein?

What are these red dots on my jugular vein?

Hard to say: It's difficult to say what they may represent without knowing more about them and without seeing them. Perhaps they are cherry angiomas, which are extremely common and generally appear as cherry red spots scattered on the body as we get older. I'd suggest seeing your primary care physician to help determine the cause.

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Pain in jugular vein after being hit by a fast ball. Should I be concerned?

Pain in jugular vein after being hit by a fast ball. Should I be concerned?

Pain in neck: First off, not sure how you determined that the pain is in the jugular vein. It's fairly narrow structure and I doubt your pain is limited to that small area of skin/neck. I suggest calling it neck pain. If you only have pain and slight swelling but no other symptoms (dizziness, difficulty, painful swallowing, palpitations, breathing troubles), it may be ok to watch. If + or you're in doubt see md.

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Hi I would like to know how can be removed an external jugular vein trombosis.

Hi I would like to know how can be removed an external jugular vein trombosis.

Usually not removed: Superficial vein thromboses are usually not removed. The body will reabsorbed this thrombosed vein in time. If it is something that you feel needs to be done for cosmetic reasons then you can consult a plastic surgeon about this.

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My son has a very distended jugular vein. Is that bad? Is worst when he laughs or coughs.

My son has a very distended jugular vein. Is that bad? Is worst when he laughs or coughs.

Depends: He should see a physician to determine whether central veinous pressur is increased.

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Slight pain in the jugular vein after being hit there with a ball. Should I be concerned?

Slight pain in the jugular vein after being hit there with a ball. Should I be concerned?

Pain in neck: First off, not sure how you determined that the pain is in the jugular vein. It's fairly narrow structure and I doubt your pain is limited to that small area of skin/neck. I suggest calling it neck pain. If you only have pain and slight swelling but no other symptoms (dizziness, difficulty, painful swallowing, palpitations, breathing troubles), it may be ok to watch. If + or you're in doubt see md.

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What can cause a malformation of the exterior jugular vein?

What can cause a malformation of the exterior jugular vein?

Nature1: During development of our bodies, certain structures are not perfectly formed...So that is what may have happened. The exact cause, unknown, but it is harmless as nature takes care of it by providing back up veins which take over the functions quite well. So no worries here!

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Can you knock someone out by pinching their jugular vein in their neck?

Can you knock someone out by pinching their jugular vein in their neck?

Please don't rry: Blunt force to the neck can cause a variety of life threatening injuries, and syncope (passing out) may be the least of your worries. Carotid dissection, esophageal injury, tracheal collapse, or a head injury are all possible -- please do not punch people in the neck.

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I have distended jugular vein that comes and goes with movement. Is that ok?

Is it: On one side or both sides? However since this is not a constant finding, and as long the veins is soft and collapsible I would not be concerned. However, would not be a bed idea to see a physician if ur concerned.

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What can cause an enlarged right internal jugular vein compared to left with moderate pulsatility? Echo was normal. The vein is patent.

Vascular surgeon: This type of question is best answered by a vascular surgeon who would order further tests if deemed advisable. This may be a normal variant though.

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Why is there a difference in the jugular vein popping when singing high notes. Whether the human jugular veins different from one another?

Why is there a difference in the jugular vein popping when singing high notes. Whether the human jugular veins different from one another?

Pressure changes: Neck veins distend when we lie with our head lower than our heart or when we strain. With straining, as in singing, the pressure within the chest increases and the blood flow through the neck veins decrease resulting in them enlarging. This is normal. Levels of hydration, genetics, outside temperature and any increase in pressure within the chest will enlarge the neck veins.

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I had ultra sound of neck. Jugular vein is enlarged. Is this problematic? What could be cause?

Not: Just enlarged vein is not a problem so long it does not have a clot in it. Also the flow pattern needs to be defined. If the flow is slow that could imply blockage somewhere else. Consult with your physician.

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My baby is turning 1 yr old this july. I jut wanna ask if its normal to see the pulsation of her jugular vein?

My baby is turning 1 yr old this july. I jut wanna ask if its normal to see the pulsation of her jugular vein?

Venous Pulsations: Large vessel pulsations such as the jugular vein area can be visible in normal infants however in certain congenital heart defects, the jugular vein will appear significantly enlarged or show pulsations. It is important to have your pediatrician examine your infant's heart and vascular system to determine if these observable pulsations are truly of a benign nature.

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Is it normal for your jugular vein to pop out when lying flat or bending over? It looks like a worm is on my neck.

Is it normal for your jugular vein to pop out when lying flat or bending over? It looks like a worm is on my neck.

Yes: Depending of your hydration status, you are going to see the veins of your neck while lying flat and disappear when your body is around 30 degrees from horizontal.

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