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What is thrombophlebitis?

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Thrombophlebitis is a problem with your circulation, or how fast blood moves through your veins. It happens when a blood clot slows circulation -- most commonly in your legs, but also in your arms, in some cases. Thrombophlebitis can happen right under the skin or deeper in the leg.

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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