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What is the definition or description of: superficial thrombophlebitis?

What is the definition or description of: superficial thrombophlebitis?

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.

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Dr. Thomas Wright
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Superficial Thrombophlebitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Any treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis?

Any treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis?

Local care.: Superficial phlebitis is a clot in a superficial vein. It is treated by local care with heat and nsaids. If the superficial thrombophlebitis is in the vicinity of a deep vein such as the saphenous vein near the groin, the treatment may require more than nsaids and heat. You should see a vein specialist for evaluation and recommendations for treatment.

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Does anybody know about a superficial thrombophlebitis and is it fatal?

Does anybody know about a superficial thrombophlebitis and is it fatal?

Surface vein clot: Superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot in a superficial vein, just below the surface of the skin. It is most common in the leg in a preexisting varicose vein. While it can be quite painful, the chance of fatality is very small. This would oily happen if the clot extends into a deeper vein and breaks off, traveling to the lung. While theoretically possible, this would be very rare.

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

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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Diagnosed with superficial thrombophlebitis, no trauma, common causes? Is this dangerous? And after it heals does it usually reaccur?

Sometimes reaccures: Common causes of superficial thrombophlebitis include trauma, sedentary lifestyle, long periods of sitting like travel, varicose veins, obesity, may be painful but usually not dangerous as long as no extension into the deep venous system. Sometimes reaccures but most often in different viens.

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Can clotting disorders be a symptom of superficial thrombophlebitis?

Can clotting disorders be a symptom of superficial thrombophlebitis?

Possibly: Clotting disorders increase a persons risk of developing clots; although these usually develop in the deep veins they may also develop in the veins of the superficial system.

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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

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Does or can superficial thrombophlebitis cause the skin on the lower leg to feel colder?

Usually warm.: Superficial phlebitis is an inflammatory reaction and, as a result, the skin overlying the area is usually warmer not colder. It would be most unusual for the lower leg to feel colder in the presence of a superficial phlebitis. Look for another reason to explain a cold leg.

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Can superficial thrombophlebitis in the leg cause noticeable swelling? If it causes swelling, should the vein be removed?

Can superficial thrombophlebitis in the leg cause noticeable swelling? If it causes swelling, should the vein be removed?

Swelling: Swelling is one of the symptoms of superficial phlebitis. The area is often very tender to touch, warm and red. It is best to have the acute inflammation treated and then explore your options for definitive treatment.

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Is the treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis really compression? Its painful. Its on the back of my hand after being put under, can 'it' travel?

Is the treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis really compression? Its painful. Its on the back of my hand after being put under, can 'it' travel?

If tollerated: Compression is recommended, but if it hurts its not helping. If you can keep your hand elevated that would be helpful. Remeber fluids, warm moist compress, and NSAID. I recommend a baby aspirin daily.

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I have had pressure on my left temple and a vein that has raised. What could be causing this? Someone mentioned superficial thrombophlebitis?

I have had pressure on my left temple and a vein that has raised. What could be causing this? Someone mentioned superficial thrombophlebitis?

See vein specialist.: Temporal veins can develop superficial phlebitis but this is rare. Most commonly temporal veins can increase and decrease in size as normal variations depending on levels of hydration, stress, genetics and even sun exposure. It would be unlikely that the vein is causing you pressure but you should see a vein specialist for an evaluation.

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I have a hx of DVTs and was dx with a PE last year in which I was taking Xarelto. I am also a type II NIDDM. I recently had blood drawn from my left arm AC site. The site was very sensitive and now feels like superficial thrombophlebitis. I have had thi

Thrombophlebitis: I would apply warm compress to the area multiple times a day. You are already on anticoagulation, so you should not have to worry about anything. If it doesn't resolve within a few days, you should see your primary physician.

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I have had superficial thrombophlebitis in my varicose veins in my left leg. How do I prevent it for the future?

I have had superficial thrombophlebitis in my varicose veins in my left leg. How do I prevent it for the future?

Treat varicose veins: Prevention of recurrent superficial thrombophlebitis of varicose veins centers around the treatment of the varicose veins themselves. There are a variety of treatment options available and I would recommend that you see a vein specialist/phlebologist. In the meatime, compression stockings may aid in preventing recurence. Your physician may want to check you for clotting abnormalites as well.

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Superficial thrombophlebitis in 2 varicose veins. Doc gave thrombophob gel, gel doesn't seem to help with pain? Also drink paroven, what does this do?

Superficial thrombophlebitis in 2 varicose veins. Doc gave thrombophob gel, gel doesn't seem to help with pain? Also drink paroven, what does this do?

See Vein Specialist.: Thrombophlebitis is a complication of having varicose veins there is evidence that this can be a recurring problem. A topical gel is just that-topical treatment. Paroven is essentially a homeopathic herb without any proven results. You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation with duplex ultrasound and possible even a coagulation workup.

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Superfical thrombophlebitis looks like what? Can you die from it?

Superficial: Usually presents as a firm red area over the track of the vein Usually not a major issue unless it extends towards the groin where the risk of dvt increases Dvt is an issue as possible pulmonary embolism

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Superfical thrombophlebitis or dvt-- can you die from it?

Superfical thrombophlebitis or dvt-- can you die from it?

No and Yes: Superficial thrombophlebitis is not a dangerous problem, and is rarely serious, and essentially never fatal. Dvt, or deep vein thrombosis, on the other hand, is a very serious condition, and can lead to what is known as pulmonary embolus, where a piece of clot breaks off and travels through the heart to the lungs. In this circumstance it is very dangerous, and can be fatal.

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48 hours after I had oral sex suddenly I feel a thrombosed penile vein. Precisely a thrombophlebitis of the superficial dorsal vein. How to cure it?

Aspirin: Usual treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis is Aspirin and an antibiotic if there is felt to be a component of infection. There may not be much to do at this point, and it may be self limited. See a urologist.

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What are the common symptoms of thrombophlebitis?

Pain, redness, firm: By definition, thrombophlebitis means inflammation and clotting of superficial veins. This is not dvt, or deep vein thrombosis, which is the dangerous, and potentially fatal problem. Although symptomatic and annoying, it is generally self-limited, and presents with pain, redness, firmness or hardness from the clotted vein, and often moderate degress of swelling. See a vein specialist for treatment.

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I have thrombophlebitis I think (profile pic). What should I do!?!?

Thrombophlebitis: Superficial thrombophlebitis without an antecedent cause and sometime when the cause is known may be a sign of an underlying systemic illness. Some of the more concerning conditions can cause this, such as malignancy and blood disorders, as well as infections. If you have this problem, please consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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