We describe two patients who developed internal jugular vein thrombosis associated with primary malignant disease arising outside the neck, and in one patient it was the presenting feature. Computed tomography was performed and the findings characteristic of internal jugular vein thrombosis are illustrated. We conclude that malignant disease should be considered in patients presenting with spontaneous internal jugular vein thrombosis with no other predisposing factors and that computed tomography is of value in confirming the diagnosis.
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