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International Journal of Otolaryngology
Volume 2011, Article ID 485293, 4 pages
Case Report

External Jugular Vein Aneurysm Presenting as a Cervical Mass

1Department of Radiology, Venizeleion General Hospital, 71409 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
2Primary Care Unit, Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, 71003 Hraklion, Crete, Greece
3Anogia Primary Care Unit, 70012 Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Received 25 November 2010; Accepted 8 March 2011

Academic Editor: Alfio Ferlito

Copyright © 2011 Eleni E. Drakonaki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Venous aneurysms are rare causes of neck mass. Among neck veins, aneurysms of the external jugular vein are extremely uncommon. We present a case of a woman with a history of prior internal jugular vein catheterization who presented at a rural primary health care unit with a nontender progressively enlarging swelling in the right supraclavicular region. B-mode and Doppler ultrasound examination revealed a saccular dilatation of the external jugular vein, suggesting a posttraumatic venous aneurysm. Saccular aneurysms of the external jugular vein are uncommon and only rarely lead to serious complications. Access to ultrasound examination can allow early detection of this entity.