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When can a thrombophlebitis have greater risks?

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When the deeper veins in the leg are involved, there are greater risks. A piece of the clot can break off and enter the bloodstream. It can travel far from the site where it formed and cause major problems. If the clot reaches the lungs and blocks circulation there, it can lead to death.

From: Thrombophlebitis WebMD Medical Reference

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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