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What is the definition or description of: superficial thrombophlebitis?

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
Surgery - Vascular 34 years experience
Blood Clot: It's a blood clot in a superficial vein as opposed to a deep vein.
Dr. Richard Sanders
General Surgery 68 years experience
Blood clot in leg: Superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot is a vein lying just under the skin where it can be seen and felt. It most often officers in the saphenous vein of the leg a part of the superficial venous system. It also occasionally occur in an arm vein. Treatment usually is heat and anti-inflammatory drugs. Anticoagulants may be used if the vein is near the groin to prevent extension or embolus.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Inflammation: The superficial veins are the ones near the surface and which you can see in a thin individual. Local injury, blood draws, intravenous fluids / meds may irritate veins. Other infections of extremities may involve veins with phlebitis. The vein has a clot=thrombo phlebitis is irritation, inflammation, or infection. Superficial pain, redness, warmth, and thickening- palpable vein cord are physical sign.
Last updated Nov 5, 2016
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