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Could my blood-filled lumps be varicose veins?

This question was asked in Edina, Minnesota and has 8 answer(s) as of 03/18/2013.
I was born with 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. What category could this fall into?

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Thank you for your message. I apologize for getting back so late What you describe sounds like a hemangiomata sometimes just called a hemangioma. They are "lakes of clustered veins". Often a person is born with it (congenital) vs acquiring as a child or adult. They can appear quite noticeable and make a person feel very self conscious. An ultrasound would be warranted to further understand this structure. I've heard of sclerotherpay (injections) being used as a form of treatment.

I was born with 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. What category could this fall into? This describes a congenital venous malformation with an appearance similar to varicose veins. Treatment usually greatly improves the appearance and reduces venous pooling using the same types of treatment that are used for treating varicose veins.

What you describe does not sound like varicose veins . it would be hard to say without actually seeing them but they could be venous malformation.

You may be describing a vascular malformation (VM), an abnormality which is present at birth and consists of cells which usually line blood vessels. VMs usually grow over time and may be very difficult to completely remove surgically. Some vascular malformations called venous malformations which are made up entirely of abnormal blood vessels resembling veins can be treated with foam sclerotherapy very successfully. It is important to be sure that there is no arterial blood flow into a venous malformatioon if it is to be treated with foam sclerotherapy.

You should Ask a doctor as it sounds like it could be varices.

People don't typically develop varicose veins on the arms. I'd suggest seeing a vascular surgeon for evaluation.

This could be varicose veins but do to location and onset at an early age they probably represent a venous malformation. The venous malformations have an elaborate classification system.

It seems like you need to be re-evaluated by the same physician who did your first surgery on your arm.

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