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Dr. Thomas Wright
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Superficial Thrombophlebitis (Overview)

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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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. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright
53 Doctors shared insights

Superficial Thrombophlebitis (Overview)

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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do you cure thrombophlebitis?

How do you cure thrombophlebitis?

No cure just rx: Thrombophlebits is a symptom and not a disease. The underlying cause needs to be treated first. However if its severe and there's skin breakdown then an infection can occur. Antibiotics would be indicated. Otherwise depending on the cause, support stockings, anticoagulation etc may be needed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Thrombophlebitis?

Blood clot: Thrombophlebitis is 2 words put together. Thrombus is a blood clot. Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein. Put them together and there is a blood clot in a vein with inflammation of that vein. Superficial thrombophlebitis involves veins on the extremities. Lower legs is usually in varicose veins and arms is usually from a recent IV. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I was wondering are phlebothrombosis and thrombophlebitis the same?

I was wondering are phlebothrombosis and thrombophlebitis the same?

Acute and chronic.: Phlebothrombosis is a clot in a vein and thrombophlebitis is a clot in a vein which then becomes inflamed. Phlebothrombosis tends to be chronic while thrombophlebitis tends to be acute. Thrombophlebitis can become phlebothrombosis. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment of thrombophlebitis?

Usually blood thinne: If the clot only involves superficial veins, it can be tested with warm soaks and NSAID (motrin family). For deep vein clots blood thinners are the best treatment. Typically a type of Heparin followed by coumadin (warfarin). Length of treatment depends on why the clot happened and other medical conditions. ...Read more

Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Thrombophlebitis (Definition)

An inflammatory process that causes a blood clot to form and block one or more veins, ...Read more