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What is superficial thrombophlebitis?

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Superficial thrombophlebitis happens when a blood clot forms in a vein just under your skin. If you have it, you may notice some or all of the following:

These symptoms are much like those for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). About 20% of people who have superficial thrombophlebitis also get a blood clot in their leg. Call your doctor if you notice anything unusual. He’ll be able to rule out a more serious problem.

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth
  • Redness

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Jack Ansell, MD, professor of medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

CDC: “Venous Thromboembolism.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Superficial Thrombophlebitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Peripheral Artery Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Peripheral Artery Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Varicose Veins.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Jack Ansell, MD, professor of medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

CDC: “Venous Thromboembolism.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Superficial Thrombophlebitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Peripheral Artery Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Peripheral Artery Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Varicose Veins.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

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