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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can a person live with one functioning jugular vein if the other is clogged or removed due to cancer or whatever?

Can a person live with one functioning jugular vein if the other is clogged or removed due to cancer or whatever?

No consequence: If one does a true radical neck dissection the 3 structures running in parallel from the top of the neck to the thoracic inlet are the jugular vein, carotid artery and vagus nerve. In most cases the lesion that has metastasized to the neck has invaded the jugular vein which must be removed with the accompanying tumor and metastatic nodes. There is no consequence if one sided vein is removed. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My toddlers jugular vein seems to be much more prominent on one side than the other. Had a normal echo as a newborn. Does that indicate a problem

I think: ....I have answered this question. Now it is clear that it is single sided. It would be good to know which side as the right side is more in direct line with the rt atrium (superior chamber of the heart). Tricuspid valve stenosis or insufficiency increases pressure in the chamber and it is transmitted in for of pulsation to the vein in the neck. A pediatric cardiologist should clear all questions. ...Read more

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I get severe migraines on left side. The last year I also get terrible, (toothache type) pain in my left jugular vein w/each headache. Dangerous?

I get severe migraines on left side. The last year I also get terrible, (toothache type) pain in my left jugular vein w/each headache.  Dangerous?

Need to define: We need to develop a cause of the severe pain. Is it related to Migraine? Is it due to the TM joint? You need a more clarifying diagnosis ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: Just make sure it doesn't change or that she doesn't have any respiratory issues. And make sure her pediatrician just follows it twice yearly. ...Read more

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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?

Well,: ...I would want to know is it bilateral or one sided. When children/adults cry, shout or play the trumpet both jugular veins become visible. It is normal. In case it is one sided check with the pediatrician or pediatric cardiologist. If no concerns i.e. Nothing was found clinically or by echo i would sleep well. Pulsation can b arterial or venous and 4 the dr 2 differentiate. ...Read more

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What is it like to be diagnoised with a blood clot in their jugular vein?

What is it like to be diagnoised with a blood clot in their jugular vein?

Often asymptomatic: Blood clots in the jugular vein are often related to prior venous catheters at that site. They are most commonly asymptomatic. If symptoms are present, it is most often related to facial swelling on the side if the clot. In this case, the patient would be put on a blood thinner. ...Read more

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My Jugular vein(?) is throbbing. I am also overweight and in my fifties. Any ideas?

My Jugular vein(?) is throbbing. I am also overweight and in my fifties. Any ideas?

Heart check time: Interpreting clinical signs is a subtle science and even trained eyes can be fooled, at your age and weight issues described it would be strongly recommended to see a cardiologist. Take care of yourself . ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in the jugular vein. What can I do to treat it?

I have a blood clot in the jugular vein. What can I do to treat it?

Sometimes such: A problem is related to a in dwelling vascular catheter. Line removal can help. If that isn't a good option or he clot is large you will likely be prescribed blood thinners. ...Read more

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I have a throbbing jugular vein and I'm overweight also thought I seen spots a few mins ago?

I have a throbbing jugular vein and I'm overweight also thought I seen spots a few mins ago?

JVD EVAL FOR CHF: You need prompt evaluation. Prominent jugular vein i.e. JVD. Can be a sign of heart failure. If you are obese there may also be a component of sleep apnea . Please call your doctor ASAP or go to nearest ER. Seeing spots may mean your blood pressure is low, please get prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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If the internal jugular vein is ruptured, why can it lead to air embolus?

If the internal jugular vein is ruptured, why can it lead to air embolus?

AIR EMBOLISM: Small amounts of air often enter the circulation inadvertently during surgery or other medical procedures. An example would be an air bubble entering an IV line. Most of these air bubbles are benign and are stopped at the lungs. If a large vein such as the internal jugular is ruptered, say from trauma or a procedure, air may enter the vein. ...Read more