Q. I am a 41 years old woman having varicose veins on the back of my both knees. When I lie down I find that my neck vein also has varicosity.
A. The varicose veins of the leg are quite common and the ones on the back of the knee are also fairly common. It is unusual to have varicose veins of the neck. The neck veins are usually visible on lying down in some people more than in others as they become visible due to the position.. In heart failure the veins may become prominent. The only situations where the veins are visible and tortuou, when not related to position, are either due to malformations or blockage of the chest veins.
eve wrote:I would love to be scanned and see where my blockages are - I think that we might find that people who have this swelling will all have stenosis in much the same place. Or so I guess. I hope Dr S will have some time for me today.
drsclafani wrote:it looked to me like you did have a distending vein. It looks like it is NOT the internal jugular vein but some smaller veins like the external jugular vein.
It also looked like you were doing the Valsalva maneuver (not a karate move). This increases chest pressure and it is not uncommon for many people who do not have MS to have distsension of the vein.
That being said, it can indeed be a sign of collateral veins. But it cal also be seen in heart failure, obstructive lung disease and many other conditions.
But why focus on this. I would look at it like this;
If you have MS, you have CCSVI until proven otherwise
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