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Can varicose veins lead to thrombophlebitis?

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Varicose veins can lead to thrombophlebitis, too. They cause your blood vessels to stretch too much. This allows blood to pool in the vessel instead of flowing straight through in one direction. This can lead to blood clots.

SOURCES: 

Mayo Clinic: “Thrombophlebitis.” 

Merck Manuals: “Superficial Venous Thrombosis: Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders.”

Medline Plus: "Deep venous thrombosis."

University of Michigan Health System: “Vascular Surgery.”

Medscape: “Superficial Thrombophlebitis Clinical Presentation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Superficial Thrombophlebitis.”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on November 21, 2016

SOURCES: 

Mayo Clinic: “Thrombophlebitis.” 

Merck Manuals: “Superficial Venous Thrombosis: Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders.”

Medline Plus: "Deep venous thrombosis."

University of Michigan Health System: “Vascular Surgery.”

Medscape: “Superficial Thrombophlebitis Clinical Presentation.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Superficial Thrombophlebitis.”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on November 21, 2016

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