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Can varicose veins form on my arms?

This question was asked in Edina, Minnesota and has 9 answer(s) as of 06/12/2013.
I have these blue "lakes" of blood in my left arm. They are all bunched together into a cluster that is roughly 4 inches long and 2 inches wide. It is noticeable by the naked eye and makes me Self conscious. I have had one surgery on it to reduce the bulging it causes. I remember hearing my doctor mention varicose veins but they don't look like varicose veins. It looks like a clump of blue, blood filled bumps. Could they be varicose veins?


Doctors Answers (9)

What you describe sounds like a hemangioma. This is a vascular (blood vessel) condition where there is abnormal growth of veins in a grape-like cluster. Although these abnormal veins are stretched out like a varicose vein, they aren't the garden variety varicose veins commonly encountered. Treatment can be with injection (sclerotherapy) or surgery.

It is difficult to know what is causing your clumps of blue bumps. Most likely it is not related to varicose veins. You should make an appointment with a Dermatologist to evaluate your concerns.

Varicose veins can form on many areas of the body, with the legs being the most common due to distance back to the heart and gravity. Varicose veins on the arms may be congenital from venous malformations and blockages, or may be due to past traumas and surgeries.These veins are also treated in the office with the same or similar techniques that are used to treat varicose veins on the legs.

You may be describing venous malformations which look a bit like some varicose veins or lakes of blood. Some of these can be treated with ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy after a thorough work up.

This sounds more like a venous malformation. This is an inherited disorder that can be treated but may not need treatment based on symptoms. It should be examined by an expert in this area of venous disease to determine it importance.

Yes they could be varicose veins . it usual but not unheard of for varicose veins to occur on the arms.

Varicose veins are abnormal veins that can exist on all 4 extremities.

Yes they could be varicose veins.

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