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What Are the Symptoms of Thrombophlebitis?

Common symptoms when this condition develops in a vein may include:

  • Red, swollen, and irritated skin and tissue around the area, such as along an affected leg
  • Painful, warm, tender, or hard sensations in the area
  • Pain or tenderness that increases when you put pressure on the affected area
  • A swollen vein that feels like a tough "cord" under your skin
  • Pain when flexing your ankle 
  • Swollen foot or ankle, especially if only one side is swollen

If you exhibit any of these symptoms, a doctor will do a physical examination and may order circulation tests or some blood tests to confirm that you have this condition or to see if you are at risk.

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Call Your Doctor About Thrombophlebitis If:

  • One leg seems warmer than the other or is swollen, red, painful, or irritated.
  • You have already been diagnosed and treated for thrombophlebitis but the symptoms get worse or don't get better.
  • Your limb becomes pale or cold, or you start feeling chills and fever.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 23, 2014

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