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Forum Name: Clots & Anticoagulants

Question: Blood Vein

 Hands - Thu Nov 06, 2003 12:43 pm

(Please excuse my lack of correct terminology) :)

My question is about a blood vein in my hand. The vein in question is on the top of my right hand and runs across the tendon that connects to my fingers. When I wiggle my fingers this vein will "slip" across the tendons connected to my ring and middle fingers..and slip back into place (whichever is its correct place...i don't know) It's not painful, but I do feel a "wiggling" sensation as it jumps over the tendons.

If there is a name for this....I could look it up on google...If I could just get pointed in the right direction.......

I work in data entry, but I started noticing this long before I started typing. As I said it's not painful, but it worries me, as my job and my hobby (playing guitar) are both hand intensive activites.

Thanks in advance
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Thu Nov 06, 2003 12:52 pm

User avatar Hand,
There is absolutely nothing to worry about. The superficial veins of the hand run in a layer of skin called the subcutaneous fat. This, as the name says contains fat padding the structures that pass through it. What you have is normal. The tendons beneath the vein are able to move it. There is no danger from excessive friction between the tendon and the vein as they are covered by fat. The fat eliminates any friction between these structures and effectively insulates them from one another.

 Hands - Thu Nov 06, 2003 1:03 pm

WOW! Thank you for the quick response. I like what the message relays as well. I could have saved quite a bit of searching time if I had found this place sooner. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated!


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