Most cases of phlebitis can be safely treated conservatively with compression hosiery, nsaids, cold packs, and walking. However, extensive phlebitis or phlebitis of certain veins sometimes requires anticoagulation or sugery. Duplex ultrasound is necessary first to rule out associated, and potentially more serious deep vein thrombosis.
Answered Jul 14, 2015
Phlebitis literally means inflammation of a vein. This is manifecgted by redness, pain, heat, and swelling over the inflamed vein. As dr. Kanter said, it is critical that an ultrasound be done to make sure that you don't have a clot associated with the phlebitis. Superficial clots are not dangerous as long as they are not associated with a deep venous thrombosis (dvt).
Answered Jun 13, 2014
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