Collapsed veins
Collapsed veins are a common result of chronic use of intravenous injections. They are particularly common where injecting conditions are less than ideal, such as in the context of drug abuse.
Veins may become temporarily blocked if the internal lining of the vein swells in response to repeated injury or irritation. This may be caused by the needle, the substance injected, or donating plasma. Once the swelling subsides the circulation will often become re-established.
Permanent vein collapse occurs as a consequence of:
- Long-term injecting
- Repeated injections, especially with blunt needles
- Poor technique
- Injection of substances which irritate the veins; in particular, injection of liquid methadone intended for oral use.
Smaller veins may collapse as a consequence of too much suction being used when pulling back against the plunger of the syringe to check that the needle is in the vein. This will pull the sides of the vein together and, especially if they are inflamed, they may stick together causing the vein to block. Removing the needle too quickly after injecting can have a similar effect.
Collapsed veins may never recover. Much smaller veins are created by the body to circulate the blood, but they are not adequate for injections or IVs.

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Signs of a Collapsed Vein - Bluelight
How to you tell if a vein is collapsed. If it is collapsed, dose that mean the whole vein is collapsed or does it just collapse in one spot.
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Cause of Vein Collapse | Reference.com Answers
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What Is a Collapsed Vein - Ask.com
A collapsed vein is a vein that becomes temporarily blocked after the vein's internal lining swells in response to frequent injury or irritation. Collapsed veins.
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Why Do Veins Collapse - Ask.com
Veins normally collapse if they are infected with a disease. In addition, they do collapse when they do not have blood in them. Veins carry blood back to the ...
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Heroin Collapsed Veins? - Ask.com
A collapsed vein is a condition where the vein is damaged due to injections that cause blood to clot due to unrest in blood flow. The frequent damage which is.
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method for starting intravenous fluids in collapsed veins - JAMA
The physician thus finds himself in a situation in which intravenous fluids are urgently needed and the veins are collapsed so that he cannot get into them with a ...
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Everything you need to know about what to do to get rid of pain from lower leg Collapsed veins, including the most common causes and treatments.
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What Is a Collapsed Vein? - wiseGEEK
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