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Understanding Thrombophlebitis -- Symptoms

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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Understanding Thrombophlebitis -- Diagnosis and Treatment

The discomfort and appearance of a leg affected with thrombophlebitis is usually enough for a doctor to diagnose this condition. Taking your pulse and blood pressure also can help. But depending on the blood vessel involved, symptoms may or may not be obvious, and your doctor may have to order tests to determine whether this condition is causing problems. Ultrasound uses sound waves and a computer to create images of the affected area to help your doctor determine if a clot is present and blocking...

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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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