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Indian J Orthop. 2010 Oct;44(4):471-3. doi: 10.4103/0019-5413.69324.

Internal jugular phlebectasia as an incidental finding in cervical spine surgery.

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Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Madras Medical College and Government General Hospital, Chennai, India.


Idiopathic internal jugular phlebectasia, occurs either unilaterally or bilaterally affecting the internal jugular vein is a rare congenital variation often diagnosed during childhood. It usually presents with a benign swelling over the lateral side of neck on the affected side, seen on exertion. A-30-year old male was operated for anterior cervical dissectomy from right lateral approach and was diagnosed per-operatively as internal jugular phlebectasia. The surgery was abandoned at this stage on the advice of cardiothoracic surgeon to investigate the patient for the secondary etiological factors for internal jugular vein dilatation. The patient was reassured without any active intervention for the phlebectasia and cervical dissectomy was performed in the second surgery through the lateral approach from left side. This case is presented in view of rarity and suggested that during preoperative workup the nearby structures like carotid sheath should be evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging to avoid such per-operative surprises.


Cervical disc disease; cervical spine surgery; internal jugular phlebectasia

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