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What causes narrowing of neck veins?

What causes narrowing of neck veins?

Neck Vein Narrowing: If you are referring to pathological narrowing, it can be the result of previous clots damaging the vein, prior catheter placement in the neck vein damaging the vein as the result of scar tissue, or because of a prior phlebitis. Non-pathological visible "collapse" of the neck veins seen externally on the skin can be caused by dehydration or certain positions (veins collapse when lying down). ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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


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Lying flat should neck veins normally be flat or destended?

It depends : There are multiple factors that go into neck veins pressure.Your position whether you are lying flat , the position of the bed you are lying on whether it is flat, whether you are relaxed , if you bear down or valsalva that will distend your neck veins. Other medical factors influence this as well, but yes your vein should be flat if all of the other things are optimized to keep them flat. ...Read more

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My neck veins are protruding why?

My neck veins are protruding why?

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.When straining is stopped, the pressure in the chest decreases and flow continues through the neck veins so they become less engorged. ...Read more

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Why are my neck veins bulging lol?

Why are my neck veins bulging lol?

Increased pressure: The act of lol results in a valsalva maneuver, where holding of the breath causes increase in the chest pressure. This pressure acts upon the veins in the chest, and is pushed upwards to the head and neck area, resulting in bulging veins. This is a normal situation, so keep on lol; it's good for you. ...Read more

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All of my neck veins on both sides are showing even when just standing. Very prevalent in mirror. On left side there is a very visible pulse, causes ?

All of my neck veins on both sides are showing even when just standing. Very prevalent in mirror. On left side there is a very visible pulse, causes ?

Veins: More information is needed. May be best to person a virtual consult to better help you. At your age it doesn't sound too concerning ...Read more

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Sudden bulging of neck veins with headache ?

Sudden bulging of neck veins with headache ?

SVC syndrome: Until proved otherwise, the superior vena cava is blocked. Get with your physician now. ...Read more

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Why my neck veins feel dry? Like poor circulation.. How to improve veins/circulation?

Why my neck veins feel dry? Like  poor circulation.. How to improve veins/circulation?

Normal: By dry I am assuming you mean empty. If you don't notice any bulging neck veins while standing up, that is pretty normal. You may see more bulging while lying down or especially if you are upside down. We look at neck veins to see if someone is fluid overloaded. This is not a very accurate/sensitive test. If you feel you are dehydrated, drink more fluids. ...Read more

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What are the possible conditions when the neck is enlarged than the past and both neck veins are prominent even when im not in strain?

What are the possible conditions when the neck is enlarged than the past and both neck veins are prominent even when im not in strain?

Multiple vein : Enlargement of neck veins can result from benign or serious problems. Physician review is a must. Veins become prominent due to pressure/distension. Sometimes the veins appear enlarged because the patient has limited body fat, like seen in thin singers. Distended neck veins can also be a sign of heart/valve problems, thyroid enlargement and blockage of major veins in the base of the neck or chest. ...Read more

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