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Does A Bulging Vein In Neck Suggest Lung Disease?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Aug 2016
Question: does a bulging neck vein always mean heart or lung disease
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I carefully passed through your question and would explain that there are several disorders that may lead to this symptomatology:

- heat failure
- lungs disease
- superior vena cava syndrome, etc.

But there are also some other situations in healthy persons in which this can happen:

- in tall and thin persons
- during straining physical activity
- during emotional stress.

Nevertheless, before considering the above causes, it is important differentiating if it is a vein or just a neck muscle.

If the bulging is unilateral it is more probabl to be just a neck muscle, which is quite normal.

Anyway, if the problem persists, I recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests:

- a resting ECG and cardiac ultrasound
- a chest x-ray study
- some blood lab tests ( complete blood count, kidney and liver function tests, blood electrolytes, thyroid hormone levels).

Hope to have been helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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Does A Bulging Vein In Neck Suggest Lung Disease?

Brief Answer: I would explain as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM! I carefully passed through your question and would explain that there are several disorders that may lead to this symptomatology: - heat failure - lungs disease - superior vena cava syndrome, etc. But there are also some other situations in healthy persons in which this can happen: - in tall and thin persons - during straining physical activity - during emotional stress. Nevertheless, before considering the above causes, it is important differentiating if it is a vein or just a neck muscle. If the bulging is unilateral it is more probabl to be just a neck muscle, which is quite normal. Anyway, if the problem persists, I recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests: - a resting ECG and cardiac ultrasound - a chest x-ray study - some blood lab tests ( complete blood count, kidney and liver function tests, blood electrolytes, thyroid hormone levels). Hope to have been helpful! Kind regards, Dr. Iliri