Caput medusae is the name for a cluster of swollen veins in your abdomen. The swelling usually appears around the belly button, and the veins branch out from a central point. They are typically painless, but they are a symptom of circulatory problems that are often related to liver disease Caput medusae is usually a sign of more advanced cirrhosis, which requires immediate treatment. Depending on the severity, this can include: implanting a shunt, a small device that opens up the portal vein to reduce portal hypertension. medications.
@ John A. Edvardsen: Because of the likeness to the Greek mythical creature Medusa which had snakes for hair (and which gaze would turn you to stone should your eyes meet)
@Internetman - yeah I know Medusa, but why «Caput» when it’s not the head?
Doesn’t «Caput» mean «Head»? Why is it called «Caput Medusa»? For «Medusa’s Head»?
Caput Medusae - from Greek mythology, Medusa, divine entity, when someone sees her, her eyes, he suddenly dies. In the past, as part of portal hypertension, when treatment was close to none, when someone sees this appearance on his belly - dead sentence is near. On the other hand, formation of veins around belly resemblance with medusa is clear. P.S. Medusa form mythology - instead of hair had small snakes