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Hello, I noticed today I have a line of spider veins (I assume to call them) on my left rib cage under my breast. Can you tell me causes?

Hello, I noticed today I have a line of spider veins (I assume to call them) on my left rib cage under my breast. Can you tell me causes?

Spider veins: Visible "spider" veins represent veins which have lost their valvular competence, and are dilated (widened) which makes the blood contained in them static and visible. The location described is unusual and not related to a cause for alarm, but is coincidental to straining or a former blow to the area resulting in obstructing the flow of the veins seen. ...Read more

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Spider Angiomas (Definition)

Spider angiomas (Spider nevus, spider veins, nevus aranius, & vascular spider.) = dilated blood vessels close to the skin surface. It can take the shape ...Read more


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I have what looks like a vein sticking out from just under my rib cage and down my stomach it hurts if i touch it?

I have what looks like a vein sticking out  from just under my rib cage and down my stomach it hurts if i touch it?

Pain in vein: You should have it evaluated by your internist and they may evaluate it with a sonogram to rule out a clot of some kind that is causing the enlargement of the vein. ...Read more

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Thin blue veins showing up under my armpit. Down my rib cage. And chest. Also itchy arm pit. I am a male. Please help!

Thin blue veins showing up under my armpit. Down my rib cage. And chest. Also itchy arm pit. I am a male. Please help!

Collateral veins: Non specific and would need an exam but could be related to central vein blockage. Bodybuilder can get them. Would follow up with md. ...Read more

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I have a line of a couple inches across my left ribs of spider veins. They are faint and not very obvious. Just barely noticing them. Causes?

I have a line of a couple inches across my left ribs of spider veins. They are faint and not very obvious.  Just barely noticing them.  Causes?

Straining or trauma: Spider veins are dilated capillaries in the skin. They're most common in the legs and are from the veins stretching out over time. On the chest they can be from straining (coughing, heavy lifting, e.g.) or some trauma to that area in the past. If they're very faint, they're probably of no medical concern. They can be treated with sclerotherapy or laser to improve the appearance. ...Read more

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22, have what looks like spider veins on ribs area. Only about half and in' to an in' long. had strawberry birthmark there. should i be worried?

22, have what looks like spider veins   on ribs area. Only about half and in' to an in' long. had strawberry birthmark there. should i be worried?

Strawberry residual: Although most strawberry hemangioma's involute or resolve, there are often several enlarged superficial veins that persist, and I suspect that is true in your situation. No worries. ...Read more

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Veins around chest very visible until shoulder extending to arm. Looks like spider veins in chest. Doesn't hurt, concerned why they look so dramatic ?

Veins around chest very visible until shoulder extending to arm. Looks like spider veins in chest. Doesn't hurt,  concerned why they look so dramatic ?

Not concerning.: The prominence of veins through the skin is affected by many factors including levels of hydration and dehydration, body temperature as well as outside temperature, medications and even levels of stress. Fair skinned people tend to have more easily visible veins than darker individuals and hereditary plays a strong role also. In a healthy person, visible veins are usually not of any concern. ...Read more

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Legs, arms, & chest, even( face sometimes) turn blue when feeling cold or jst standing up for a little.Ever since got lots of spider veins.Help? Thnx.

Circulation/Raynauds: Turning blue when exposed to cold is an extreme reaction to what the body normally does in response to the cold. When cold, the blood vessels in the extremities and superficial skin constrict to conserve heat. This occurs more drastically for some, and may even turn the skin blue or cause pain in some people. This can be associated with other disorders and it is important to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm a 17 year old girl with an ASD, I have heart palpitations, occasional sharp chest pains, and "spider veins" on both of my calves, advice?

I'm a 17 year old girl with an ASD, I have heart palpitations, occasional sharp chest pains, and "spider veins" on both of my calves, advice?

ASD: Talk with the doctor who knows the details of your ASD. A tiny ASD shouldn't be problematic. If there's a question about its' significance more work up could be necessary. ...Read more

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What can cause pain below rib cage?

What can cause pain below rib cage?

There's so much--: -B low the rib cage U have a whole book written on each organ. Needs a little more specificity. A few things that R B low Rlisted. Kidneys, liver, spleen, stomach, small bowel, aorta, vena cava, colon.....list of just 1 of these has many possible causes.

B more clear on where the pain is. Just under, R or L & describe the pain. Cramping, after meals, ... ...Read more

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Which organ causes pain below left rib cage?

Which organ causes pain below left rib cage?

Lots of stuff there: On the left side are the stomach, spleen, diaphragm (muscle for breathing), ribs, a part of the colon (large intestine), the tail end of the pancreas, etc... Pain can be from the ribs and their cartilage, a swollen spleen, stomach acidity/gastritis/reflux, muscle strains in the abdominal muscles or diaphragm, excess stool or gas in the colon, pancreatitis, a cancerous tumor, etc.... ...Read more

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My girlfriend has a painful rib cage. Possible causes?

No way to answer-: -there is no detail.sudden onset can be pulmonary embolism especially if on BC pills. Trauma can cause rib cage pain, slower onset could be pneumonia. We need detail & specifics to try to answer questions with some some degree of certainty. ...Read more

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What causes pain on the right side under the rib cage ?

What causes pain on the right side under the rib cage ?

Multiple things: Possibilities include muscle pain, gallbladder problems, liver problems, stomach problems. Sometimes lung problems could also cause that. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of having pain on your right side rib cage?

What could be the cause of having pain on your right side rib cage?

Many possibilities: Possible causes include rib strain, costochondritis, trauma, pleuritic pain (pain affecting the membranes covering the lungs) due to coughing or pneumonia, rib fractures, gallstone, or cancer such as metastatic cancer and multiple myeloma... If the pain is severe or not getting better with pain meds, rest and/or ice, you should consider seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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What causes sharp pain in the right rib cage?

What causes sharp pain in the right rib cage?

This sounds: Musculoskeletal. If it is worsened if yuo take a deep breath it might be pleuritic chest pain. ...Read more

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Can scoliosis cause rib cage pain?

Scoliosis: Yes scoliosis can cause rib pain. See an orthopedist if you are in pain. ...Read more

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Could having a baby cause my rib cage to protrude?

Yes: Late in pregnancy your can get the abdominal enlargement which makes your lower ribs protrude. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasm beneath rib cage ?

What causes muscle spasm beneath rib cage
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Muscle Spasm: Severe cough and undue exertion like lifting heavy stuff can cause such symptoms. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts under my rib cage. Possible causes?

My stomach hurts under my rib cage. Possible causes?

Depends on which--: -side. There are many organs under each side.R=liver, duodenum, hepatic flexure of the colon: L=stomach, pancreas, spleen, splenic flexure of the colon. If it's a significant issue see Ur PCP 4 evaluation. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of pain in rib cage under right breast?

Check gallbladder: Right upper quadrant pain may be due to gallstones or dysfunctional gallbladder. Labwork and ultrasound may assist in the diagnosis. Sharp , stabbing pain under the breast that radiates from front to back may indicate intercostal neuralgia. Check with your family physician. ...Read more

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Help please! could biliary colic cause pain on the left rib cage too?

Not likely: The dermatome and nerve supply is rightsided.
Hence it is unlikely related.
Associated hyperacidity, muscle spasm, or unrelated skeletal pain may cause it. ...Read more

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What can cause extreme pain at the bottom of my rib cage only when I cough or sneeze?

What can cause extreme pain at the bottom of my rib cage only when I cough or sneeze?

A sure Dx may need: Imaging of some type or at least a direct exam might be needed to know for sure, but if there is no pain otherwise, it could be an internal bruise or soft tissue injury from excessive coughing or sneezing. People can pull muscles through those when they are violent. A binding (not too tight) might minimize the pain. Ask your provider to check it out and offer advice based on findings. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a tumor on the rib cage in the back cause a referred pain in the abdomen on the same side?

Can a tumor on the rib cage in the back cause a referred pain in the abdomen on the same side?

Could: A tumor in a rib will refer 2 the front on the same side, ; if an upper rib it refers low on the rib cage ; u interpret it as upper abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Spider Veins (Definition)

Spider veins = (telangiectasia or venulectasias), very small purple ...Read more


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Veins (Definition)

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