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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more


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What is the cause to have a swollen vein in my left breast?

What is the cause to have a swollen vein in my left breast?

Probably normal: The breasts normally have veins but sometimes they can become very prominent. They tend to enlarge during menstrual cycles as well as from sun exposure or in fair skinned women. Usually nothing is done for these veins. Occasionally breast veins in pregnant women can develop inflammation. If breast veins are bothersome, they could be injected with sclerotherapy. ...Read more

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Breast lump upper outer quad feels long&curved feels like swollen vein. Soft in shower, Dr says normal glandr tissue. Can br. Tissue feel like this?

Breast lump upper outer quad feels long&curved feels like swollen vein. Soft in shower, Dr says normal glandr tissue. Can br. Tissue feel like this?

Mondors disease: The breast findings you describe fits into the description of Mondors disease of the breast, a rare benign breast condition characterized by thrombophlebitis of the superficial/subcutaneous veins of the chest wall. Incidence rate is 0.5-0.8% The patient usually presents with a painful breast (cord-like) mass. There may be overlying skin erythema noted. ...Read more

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Swollen vein like form runs perpendicular from lower rib for few days had pain now pain gone but vein like form still there?

Swollen vein like form runs perpendicular from lower rib for few days had pain now pain gone but vein like form still there?

Have it checked: Swollen veins anywhere is not normal, and if you had painful, swollen veins, you need to see a doctor. So, s/he can determine the cause, the extent, and work you up further. It would be unusual to have a vericosity there (vericose vein), and is much better to visualize upon abdominal examination. ...Read more

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My left arm has hurt since Fri. No chest pain. Now it is swollen and the vein is bulging. My hands are feeling pin pricked/on fire. What's the reason.

My left arm has hurt since Fri. No chest pain. Now it is swollen and the vein is bulging. My hands are feeling pin pricked/on fire. What's the reason.

Left arm pain with s: Blood clleft arm pain with swelling may be due to blood clot, inflammation of muscles, tend, skin, bursitis or arthritis of shoulder, hypertension, winged shoulder, coronary artery disease.Should have physical examination, may be drug related, X-ray & MRI, EKG, echocardiogram.
treatment : physical therapy, laproscopic surgery, antibiotics, doppler ...Read more

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On the left side of my neck my vein really pops out when I'm laying down. Also my left arm and chest seem to be a little swollen. Is this a cause for?

On the left side of my neck my vein really pops out when I'm laying down. Also my left arm and chest seem to be a little swollen. Is this a cause for?

Venous distension: My concern with arm and ad chest swelling is superior vena cava syndrome which may be from an obstructing mass. Jugular venous distension
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Congestive heart failure - see a doctor ASAP to rule these out. ...Read more

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My son has swollen glands, achey joints and woke up with three blue vein like lines on his chest. Can u tell me a possible cause?

My son has swollen glands, achey joints and woke up with three blue vein like lines on his chest. Can u tell me a possible cause?

Possible infection: In children strep infection of the throat is very commom - in severe cases it can present as "rheumatoid fever" and cause additional symptoms. If your son has these symptoms and fever - shoudl be examined by by his doctor and treated accordingly. ...Read more

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The back of my throat is red, have numerous yellowish bumps, red veins, and is swollen; I have pain in chest its about 2 months.

The back of my throat is red, have numerous yellowish bumps, red veins, and is swollen; I have pain in chest its about 2 months.

Mgt: You may have tonsillitis and please see acute care. If you have chest pain, a further pulmonary evaluation is suggested. A virtual consult may be useful to you and to your PCP. ...Read more

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My breasts are swollen with blue veins that are very noticeable that are never there. And it's a week before my period. What could this be?

My breasts are swollen with blue veins that are very noticeable that are never there. And it's a week before my period. What could this be?

Pregnant: This is a common appearance of the breast with pregnancy, so check a test. Can also see it with anything that can cause breast enlargement (birth control pill use, weight gain, premenstrual breast swelling). Though it again is much more common with pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have a shap pain under my breast both left& right& back, its a bit swollen. In the middle of my rib cage there's a ball that is tender to the touch?

Go to your MD: This ball that is tender or lump needs to be seen and if needed removed or biopsied or treated if it is an infection like an abscess. I can't see it, and I can't tell. It may or may not have to do with the other pain which also needs to be evaluated. We can't do much help here as we can't do much. Please see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi I've just noticed a small area that looks swollen below my left breast above the rib cage on the left side! Any ideas what it could be? Thanks

Hi I've just noticed a small area that looks swollen below my left breast above the rib cage on the left side! Any ideas what it could be? Thanks

Difficult to tell: Based on what you are describing, it is difficult to be exactly sure. This could be due to inflammation of your soft tissue (fatty tissue or muscle), from an enlarged spleen, etc. The best way to be sure is to have it examined by a doctor. It's advisable to make an appointment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is having a prominent vein in the breast, itchy & swollen sometimes a bad thing?

Sometimes: Normally we would not expect the veins in the breast to hurt or be swollen. However, a swollen painful vein could be nothing more than enlargement during the menstrual cycle which doesn't apply to you if you have had a hysterectomy. It could also be due to irritation of the veins in that area or even to a clot forming in the veins in the breast but this also is not common. F/u with your gyn md/. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for 6 days now. And now I noticed that under my left breast my rib cage seems to be swollen.

I have been coughing for 6 days now. And now I noticed that under my left breast my rib cage seems to be swollen.

See Doc: With a cough that is almost 1 week, and now possible swelling in your Lung cavity/rib cage area, it is best for you to get an evaluation and examination by your Dr. To get properly diagnosed and treated as needed, Best wishes. ...Read more

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Swollen vein like thing inner left breast had examination & ultrasound nothing found. Left side of aerola has indentation?

Swollen vein like thing inner left breast had examination & ultrasound nothing found. Left side of aerola has indentation?

Nothing worrisome: Since you have already had breast examination and Ultrasound, there is nothing to worry about the changes in your breast right now. You should examine yourself once monthly and look for any further changes, if any. Unless there is progressive changes on the ski surface or you feel a lump, you should be fine on your own. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are my breasts getting swollen and the veins getting more noticeable?

I'm wondering why are my breasts getting swollen and the veins getting more noticeable?

See an ObGyn!: There could be many mainly hormonal reasons for your complaints. First, when was last time your breast were checked clinically and with a mammogram? Second if all normal while 48 years old pregnancy could be a remote option too. Ovarian tumors, hormonal issued linked to menopause all could be responsible for your complaints. See your obgyn. ...Read more

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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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I have sore, swollen breasts. Veins poping out all the time, aereola larger than normal. No change during periods. C?

I have sore, swollen breasts. Veins poping out all the time, aereola larger than normal. No change during periods. C?

Normal finding: I am amazed about how often I have women ask me about the veins on their breast. Occasionally they are spider veins but mostly they are blue veins. These are almost always normal findings and normal variations of chest veins. They tend to be more pronounced in fair skinned females. Your symptoms may be normal, genetic, hormonal or even related to pregnancy. See your Ob or Vein Specialist. ...Read more

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Swollen painful hard mass over left ribcage below breast, wraps around to knot on back of ribs.5 months no diagnosis. Ct w/o contrast & xray clear.

Swollen painful hard mass over left ribcage below breast, wraps around to knot on back of ribs.5 months no diagnosis. Ct w/o contrast & xray clear.

Mass: If there is a palpable mess that you are able to palpate and nothing was seen on the CT or chest xray. I I suggest you see another physician to get a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have swollen breasts with lots of spider veins on them and nipple ddiscoloration with also random red patches with dull cramps?

What does it mean if I have swollen breasts with lots of spider veins on them and nipple ddiscoloration with also random red patches with dull cramps?

Breast changes: Could be a sign of pregnancy but without really seeing you, this is pure speculation. You should see your primary doctor to have an evaluation and the red patches looked at. ...Read more

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I have 6 cyst on my legs a few in my breast a lump the doctor says is one on my rib cage and swollen lyphnodes on each side of my groin what are they?

I have 6 cyst on my legs a few in my breast a lump the doctor says is one on my rib cage and swollen lyphnodes on each side of my groin what are they?

See doctor of info: Since we don't have the benefit of any imaging studies, biopsy reports, or physical exam, we cannot provide an informed reply to your question. Your doc is best one to answer your questions about these lumps, whether they're solid or cystic & what they might be. ...Read more

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I have swollen blood vessels when hands are hanging, if I hold them above the chest level, they look normal. Is it normal?

I have swollen blood vessels when hands are hanging, if I hold them above the chest level, they look normal. Is it normal?

Probably: Blood pumped by the heart goes to the hand in arteries and comes back in the veins, which have no pump. Veins have a thin wall and are easily distended. Gravity pulls the blood down, distending the veins. Lifting the arms pulls blood back to the heart and the veins shrink. Further tests would be needed if arm elevation did not empty the veins. ...Read more

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My aunt has swollen ankles and hands blood vessels have broken on her chest and her eyes look yellow? Any ideas?

My aunt has swollen ankles and hands blood vessels have broken on her chest and her eyes look yellow? Any ideas?

Liver disease?: It is hard to say without more information and a physical examination but sounds consistent with a condition of the liver causing jaundice. Have her see her primary care doctor to get examined, a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my veins are darker than normal on my upper chest, breasts and arms?

What does it mean if my veins are darker than normal on my upper chest, breasts and arms?

"Normal color veins": I don't think there is any measure of "normal" color for veins. They appear blue or purple because the blood inside is depleted of oxygen. The appearance may change from person to person because of differences in skin pigmentation. But I am not aware of any cause for alarm because of a variation in vein color. ...Read more

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I have had swollen lyphnodes starting from my neck armpit to chest plate and breast for 5 months now what could it be?

I have had swollen lyphnodes starting from my neck armpit to chest plate and breast for 5 months now what could it be?

See your doctor: Your lymph node enlargement suggest a number of things including virus infection such as "mono", or other virus, a skin condition to which lyph glands may be reacting to, other types of infection such as a cat scratch disease or even tb, or malignant disease of lymph glands. An autoimmune disease such as lupus may do that, or a drug reaction. The best thing would be to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My veins are very visible and green in my chest/breast area as well as my shoulders and arms. Should I be concerned or what could be causing this?

My veins are very visible and green in my chest/breast area as well as my shoulders and arms. Should I be concerned or what could be causing this?

Normal finding: I am amazed about how often I have women ask me about the veins on their breast. Occasionally they are spider veins but mostly they are blue veins. These are almost always normal findings and normal variations of chest veins. They tend to be more pronounced in fair skinned females and they may be related to hereditary factors or even pregnancies. See a vein specialist to evaluate. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see blue veins on your breasts, nipples and chest?

Is it normal to see blue veins on your breasts, nipples and chest?

Yes: This is completely normal. It is nothing to be concerned about. If there is a significant cosmetic concerned you may want to speak with a dermatologist or vascular doctor in order to discuss cosmetic treatment. However, you are likely to notice that these veins become more and less pronounced overtime. They should not hurt or cause you any problems and are generally not a major cosmetic issue. ...Read more

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Lots of veins on translucent skin on chest and breasts and some varocise veins on hands and feet. Anything to worry about?

Lots of veins on translucent skin on chest and breasts and some varocise veins on hands and feet. Anything to worry about?

Need to examine: If there has been no change in the appearance recently, it is not a likely cause for concern. If there has been recant change, it would be prudent to consult your doctor.
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