Case Report

Venous Ectasia of Retromandibular and Common Facial Veins: A Rare Clinical Entity


  • Darwin Kaushal
  • Nithin Prakasan Nair
  • Amit Goyal
  • Vidhu Sharma
  • Vishudh Mohan

Received Date: 15.05.2020 Accepted Date: 17.10.2020 Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2020;58(4):282-285

Venous ectasias are benign conditions of the neck, in which focal dilatations of veins occur. Internal jugular, external jugular or superficial veins are usually the affected ones in the neck. They are often ignored or misdiagnosed. Here we are reporting a patient with venous ectasia of the retromandibular vein and the common facial vein. A 25-year-old male presented to our out-patient department with an intermittent swelling over the right side of the neck that he had for one year. The swelling was more prominent on lying down and on Valsalva maneuver. Radiologic imaging was suggestive of venous ectasia of the retromandibular vein and the common facial vein. Surgical excision was done for aesthetic reasons and in fear of thrombosis. Intraoperatively, we noticed that it was arising from the retromandibular and the common facial veins. Venous ectasias of superficial veins are rare. We can consider these patients for surgical excision in view of the risk of thrombosis, thromboembolic events, rupture, and aesthetic reasons.

Keywords: Ectasia, aneurysm, jugular vein, vein thrombosis, arteriovenous malformation, Valsalva maneuver