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Clinical question regarding thromboemboli: can they come from superficial thrombophlebitis?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Very unlikely: They typically come from deep veins but superficial phlebitis very rarely embolize.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: Most are from deep, veins. But some large, varicose veins can do also. Many with phlebitis, the small superficial, veins may just stick and resolve over time and not embolize.

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