Abdominal Veins

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Abdominal veins are the blood vessels that carry deoxygenated blood back to the right atrium of the heart. Unlike other organs that directly bring the blood to the heart, these veins pass through a network before they reach the inferior vena cava, which attaches to the heart. Because bulging blood vessels can happen to anyone, here are the things you must know about it.

Abdominal Veins


The bulging of abdominal veins can come from a variety of factors. It can be due to liver, pancreatic, bile duct disorders, ascites, blood vessel conditions, kidney cancer, or ovarian cancer. Any of these conditions can lead to the problem. Usually, doctors will request for an ultrasound to determine the root cause of your bulging abdominal veins.  


Because of the too many possible causes of the bulging abdominal veins, doctors will have to make a preliminary investigation of the possible cause of the problem. To reduce the cost of a laboratory diagnosis, a thorough physical examination and medical history is crucial. Your physician will try to correlate the symptoms that you feel together with the bulging abdominal veins to have a working diagnosis. With a diagnosis in mind, he can then request for more specific blood tests to make the final verdict about your medical condition.  


Once you see bulging of your abdominal veins, it is important to go to your doctor at once. At first, he may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the swelling in the area. If pain is present, pain killers can also help reduce the discomfort. If the symptoms do not subside, he will give you other drugs like cytotoxic medicines that will fight off the cells attacking your blood vessels. If the problem is due to another serious condition, expect to take more drugs to target the origin of the disorder. Because drugs can cause adverse reactions in your body, it is advisable to inform your physician if you have any allergies to drugs.

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