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do spider veins on the ribcage indicate any disease

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do spider veins on the ribcage indicate any disease?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Haroon Iqbal replied 7 years ago.

Hello and welcome to justanswer!

Dear Fr7! Spider on the abdomen and ribcage , indicate a possible LIVER problem and not spleen(Congestion of portal vein).Best possibility is a shrinking liver due to any reason like alcohol intake or viral hepatitis.I will suggest you to investigate your liver by doing following tests , HCV, HBsAg, LFT's and an abdominal ultrasound.
Hope i have answered your question.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I have never consumed alcohol in my life. have diabetes 2, last A1c 6.7. am taking 1000 mg metformin am and 500 mg pm with glyburide. Have my meds done damage?
Expert:  Dr. Haroon Iqbal replied 7 years ago.

A right sided heart failure could cause congestion of liver too.At any case you must investigate your liver because the meds you are using can cause liver damage too.And do a chest x-ray to see your heart too.

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