Swollen Blood Vessels on the Belly
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Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

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Content updated on Nov 26, 2023

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Possible causes

Generally, Swollen blood vessels on the belly can be related to:

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    Cirrhosis refers to scarring of the liver which results in abnormal liver function as a consequence of chronic (long-term) liver injury. There are many different causes including infections, alcohol abuse, inherited disorders, and fatty liver.

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Swollen blood vessels on the belly may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Alcohol poisoning

    This term refers to a condition when a person has consumed too much alcohol and the resulting intoxication causes problems with their ability to stay conscious, breathe safely, or leads to dangerous metabolic issues such as low blood sugar.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you feeling nauseous or have you been vomiting?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Have you had hard stools or constipation lately?

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References

  • Annals of Medicine and Surgery Volume 54, June 2020, Pages 54-56

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2049080120300455

Reviewed By:

Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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