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Dr. Ted King
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Phlebitis (Overview)

A condition where a vein is inflamed or infected, and commonly contains blood clots.


Dr. Ted King
232 doctors shared insights

Phlebitis (Overview)

A condition where a vein is inflamed or infected, and commonly contains blood clots.


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My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

NSAID ancompression : While compression stockings and anti-inflammatory medication is first line therapy in treatment, a complete evaluation for risk factors and an ultrasound duplex should be performed to evaluate for proximity and or involvement of the deep veins. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the area you receive dialysis in gets physically hot?

What does it mean if the area you receive dialysis in gets physically hot?

Possible infection: The skin over an old dialysis graft or fistula should be be same temperature as the surrounding tissue. Redness, warmth are all signs of infection which is unfortunately common with av access. However, a recently placed graft may demonstrate inflamatory changes as the skin is reacting to the "foreign body". All of this should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Why is unna's boot not recommended for wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients?

Why is unna's boot not recommended for wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients?

Yes: Unna boots can cause a slight decrease in circulation due to their constricting nature when placed. When patients are bedridden and wheelchair bound, they may have a decrease in circulation which may be additive to the unna boot constriction and cause ischemia to the lower extremity. ...Read more

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Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

Unlikely: There would have to be a grossly contaminated splinter with an aggressive invasive organism that could advance fast enough in someone who had not yet sought treatment to develop a necrotizing infection or gangrene, mandating amputation. ...Read more

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Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

Yes: Situational depression is common in patients recently diagnosed with life changing/threatening diseases such as renal failure or severe kidney disease. However please remember many patients continue with fulfilling lives while on dialysis. ...Read more

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What to do if you come upon a traumatic amputation in a car accident?

What to do if you come upon a traumatic amputation in a car accident?

Let me explain: The most important to do when face with traumatic amputation is to control the bleeding some way otherwise could bleed to death. ...Read more

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My mother has aortic stenosis. What is it in a nutshell?

My mother has aortic stenosis. What is it in a nutshell?

Small valve: The aortic valve opens when the heart contracts, allowing the blood to flow from the heart to the aorta which supplies the body. When aortic stenosis occurs, the aortic valve narrows, impeding the flow of blood put of the heart. If the patients develops any symptoms, surgical replacement is needed. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis: itis means inflammation. Thrombo means clot. Thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein. There is superficial vein thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombophlebitis. Deep vein thrombosis can be inflamed if acute and this is called deep vein thrombophlebitis. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

NSAID ancompression : While compression stockings and anti-inflammatory medication is first line therapy in treatment, a complete evaluation for risk factors and an ultrasound duplex should be performed to evaluate for proximity and or involvement of the deep veins. ...Read more

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Portal vein thrombosis?

Portal vein thrombosis?

Clotting of vein: The portal vein carries blood from bowel to the liver. It also runs near the pancreas. Portal vein thrombosis can occur with inflammatory conditions or cancers. Patient may need blood thinners or other treatments. ...Read more

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Deep vein thrombosis causes warmth, pyrexia?

Deep vein thrombosis causes warmth, pyrexia?

Not usually: Deep vein thrombosis, if it causes any symptoms at all, generally presents with swelling and pain of the affected limb. "pyrexia" or fever would only be present with an inflammatory or infectious thrombophlebitis, a much less commonn disorder and one which is quite serious. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having phlebitis?

Pain, swelling: Inflammation of a vein is phlebitis, and there is pain, swelling, and at times reddish discoloration especially when the vein is close to the skin. In deep venous phlebitis (dvt), there may be only slight pain like a pulled muscle, and swelling may vary, and the discoloration not so evident unless there is a lot of clot present and the leg may become purple. Phlebitis can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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Could DVT be either phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Could DVT be either phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Definitions of words: Phlebothromobis =clotting in a vein. Thrombophlebitis = inflammation caused by the clot. So, the simple answer is yes because virtually all phlebothrombosis will cause some inflammation, some mild and some severe (redness, swelling, pain etc..) if you are having symptoms, consult your doc for an eval/treatment. Keep physically active to reduce your risk. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does compression stockings prevent superficial thrombophlebitis?

Does compression stockings prevent superficial thrombophlebitis?

Yes - proven: There is much medical research documenting the effectiveness of compression stockings in preventing thrombophlebitis. This includes prevention of deep & superficial thrombophlebitis, (ie DVT & SVT). Compression therapy is also a therapy for SVT & is used in the hospital for DVT prophylaxis. Especially useful if varicose veins or venous reflux as it helps improve vein flow & prevent SVT in varices ...Read more

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Deep vein thrombosis, treatment?

Deep vein thrombosis, treatment?

Many options: Depending on location, severity, & other medical conditios, the recommendations will vary. Commonly blood thinner medication is delivered orally, intravenous, or subcutaneous. Examples are coumadin, (warfarin) Xarelto, Lovenox, and heparin. When blood thinners fail or can't be given (bleeding risks) then an IVC filter if often used. Catheter thrombolysis good option for ileofemoral DVT. See vascular surgeon ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

Possibly : Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one or more of the internal veins. Most often in the legs, less often in the arms. If a blood clot breaks loose and flows through the heart and into the lungs it can be fatal. Dvt is a common complication of many medical illnesses. If you are ill you should ask your doctor about this as there are effective prevention approaches. ...Read more

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Treating Phlebitis (Definition)

Treating Phlebitis ...Read more