European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 154, Issue 4, pp 275–276 | Cite as

External jugular phlebectasia in children

  • Nuran Pul
  • Mehmet Pul
Cardiology Original Paper


The most common cause of a mass in the neck appearing only during straining is a laryngocele. On the other hand, the rare jugular phlebectasia may present in a similar manner. The cause of the jugular phlebectasia remains unclear. No treatment is indicated for this benign self-limiting condition. However, surgical removal for cosmetic purposes alone consists of a unilateral excision of the internal or external jugular vein; this produces no gross side-effects.


Every patient with a swelling in the neck that enlarges in size after the Valsalva manoeuvre, straining, coughing or sneezing should be suspected of having jugular phlebectasia.

Key words

Phlebectasia External jugular vein Children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuran Pul
    • 1
  • Mehmet Pul
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Paediatrics of State HospitalEdirneTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Paediatric Surgery of Trakya UniversityMedical Faculty HospitalEdirneTurkey

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