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Experience:  Board Certified NP, MS, RN. 25 years private practice & hospitalist
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I have a painful, what I think is a vein running over my

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I have a painful, what I think is a vein running over my right ribcage - it is about 5 inches long - it has been going on for 4 days but I have it felt like it was bruised. However, this swollen protruding vein has just started in the last four days
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 10 months ago.

This is something that your doctor is going to have to look at. An inflamed, swollen vein over the rib cage is not usual at all. The inflammation usually comes from an infection (viral or bacterial) and is called phlebitis. It isn't an emergency, but you need to have it checked this week so you can get antibiotics if necessary.

Kind regards,

Schuyler

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Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 10 months ago.

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