Spontaneous internal jugular vein thrombosis complicating chronic pulmonary disease

N. Hilzenrat, E. Liberty, L. Avnon

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Spontaneous internal jugular thrombosis is a rare vascular disorder. It usually occurs as a result of external pressure due to a tumor, infection or as a result of damage to the vessel wall after trauma or central venous catheterization. We report a 35-year-old woman who suffered from severe pulmonary hypertension due to chronic cystic lung disease. She was admitted due to sudden, severe, right-sided neck pain. Internal jugular occlusion by a thrombus was demonstrated by ultrasound and CT-scans but no apparent cause was found. We postulated that the important factors in the development of her thrombosis were stasis due to pulmonary hypertension and high blood viscosity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-357, 407
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998


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