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Dr. Richard Sanders
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What is the definition or description of: superficial thrombophlebitis?

Dr. Richard Sanders
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
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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. ...Read more

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Thrombophlebitis (Definition)

Thrombophlebitis is a condition where a blood clot, or thrombus, in a vein causes swelling and inflammation ...Read more


Dr. Steven Busuttil
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
28 years in practice
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Diagnosed with superficial thrombophlebitis, no trauma, common causes? Is this dangerous? And after it heals does it usually reaccur?

Dr. Steven Busuttil
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Clinical question regarding thromboemboli: can they come from superficial thrombophlebitis?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerry Light
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
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Does anybody know about a superficial thrombophlebitis and is it fatal?

Dr. Jerry Light
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
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Can clotting disorders be a symptom of superficial thrombophlebitis?

Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
Board Certified, Phlebology
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Any treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis?

Dr. John Landi
Board Certified, Phlebology
42 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
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Does compression stockings prevent superficial thrombophlebitis?

Dr. Joel Gotvald
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
20 years in practice
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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 ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
Board Certified, Phlebology
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Does or can superficial thrombophlebitis cause the skin on the lower leg to feel colder?

Dr. John Landi
Board Certified, Phlebology
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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. ...Read more

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

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 . ...Read more

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