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Please help! what is the meaning of phlebitis?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 48 years experience
Pain and swelling.: There are 2 kinds of blood clots in the legs-superficial and deep. Superficial clots are called superficial phlebitis and present usually with pain, redness and tenderness on the surface of the skin around a visual vein or varicose vein. Deep phlebitis (DVT) usually presents with swelling, pain and tenderness of the medial thigh or posterior calf. Either way, you should see a vein specialist.
Dr. Albert Malvehy
Phlebology 22 years experience
Inflammation: Phlebitis means inflammation of the vein. This red, warm vein is painful and usually associated with a clot. The clot can be spontaneous in the lower leg or after an IV in the arm.

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