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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

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


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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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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?

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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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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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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Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis: Itis means inflammation. Thrombo means clot. Thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein. There is superficial vein thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombophlebitis. Deep vein thrombosis can be inflamed if acute and this is called deep vein thrombophlebitis. ...Read more

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Is thrombophlebitis the same thing as a deep vein thrombosis?

Is thrombophlebitis the same thing as a deep vein thrombosis?

Not exactly: Thrombophlebitis (tp) means that there is an inflamed vein with a blood clot in it. Although you can get a tp in a deep or a superficial vein, we usually think of superficial veins when we talk about tp. The catch is that when someone develops a superfical tp, a deep vein thrombosis will be associated with it up to 25% of the time. Often you can't tell the difference without doing an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Several veins in forearm sting. Veins are soft & skin is normal color. Veins engorge when hands by sides and constrict when raised. Thrombophlebitis?

Not thrombophlebitis: It is normal for veins to expand and contract in relation to their relative position to the height of the heart.
Throbophlebitis is a clot in the vein and such a vein would not change with the height of the arm ...Read more

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Do I need to be worried about a superficial vein bursting?

Do I need to be worried about a superficial vein bursting?

Veins rarely burst.: There are 3 types of superficial veins-varicose, spiders and reticular (blue). Varicose veins could bleed following trauma to them but will rarely spontaneously bleed. Spider veins will not bleed unless they are long standing and located over the ankle and skin. In order for these to bleed, scabs form over them and rupture. This is primarily in older patients. Reticular veins do not bleed. ...Read more

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What is a collateral (nonvaricose) superficial vein? Is it just a straight vein that sticks out?

What is a collateral (nonvaricose) superficial vein? Is it just a straight vein that sticks out?

Veins like a tree.: Think of your veins like a tree with a central trunk and branches. The trunk in the superficial system of veins is called the saphenous vein and the branches that come off of this trunk are collateral (side) branches. Varicose veins are bulging grape-like veins and normal veins are usually blue and thin and straight. Veins can get larger and smaller for many reasons. ...Read more

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When a superficial vein is said to be incompressible, does it have the same hardness as a tendon?

When a superficial vein is said to be incompressible, does it have the same hardness as a tendon?

Could be.: Veins are normally compressible. If incompressible then this means that the vein is clotted. Superficial veins that are clotted can usually be felt under the skin and can fell hard like a tendon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between unilateral superficial vein swelling and collateral superficial vein swelling?

What is the difference between unilateral superficial vein swelling and collateral superficial vein swelling?

Difference?: Unilateral vein swelling would be dilated veins in one area compared no non dilated veins in the opposite area (i.e. R leg and L leg). Collateral veins usually form around a blockage such as a DVT. In actuality, there may not be any difference between the two. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a painful visable superficial vein that has appeared and runs down the middle of my forehead? . It wasn't there before.

What could be the cause of a painful visable superficial vein that has appeared and runs down the middle of my forehead? . It wasn't there before.

Arteritis?: Usually you find the temporal arteries (running over your temples) with these symptoms. It's an inflammation of the artery walls which can be diagnosed with a biopsy of the artery itself. However you may have a similar condition with an artery in the midline. You should see a physician for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Polycythemia vera verified by second opinion. + Crohn’s. Unilateral calf swelling. Unilateral superficial vein. D-dimer + US normal. Get venogram?

Polycythemia vera verified by second opinion. + Crohn’s. Unilateral calf swelling. Unilateral superficial vein. D-dimer + US normal. Get venogram?

Difficult to know: Polycythemia vera and Chrons are both risk factors for DVT. Also your sign and symptoms are suspicious for DVT. Venous Doppler US for a single exam may miss small DVT especially in the calf. D dimer if normal pretty sensitive. Many options repeat: Ultrasound and possibly d dimer, venogram [but these are not done much now], follow closely. Recommend close follow up with your doctor/ vein expert. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of varicosities in my calf (not in superficial vein)?

How can I get rid of varicosities in my calf (not in superficial vein)?

See vein specialist.: The ideal treatment for varicose veins is a venous reflux exam to look for leaking valves which are the source of the varicose veins. Correcting the varicose veins with a laser closure procedure would be the treatment of choice. You should see vein specialist for a full venous evaluation and to see why your veins are hurting you. ...Read more

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Had sinusitis, think cleared. Something is hard to the touch left of nose under eye circle, feels like superficial vein. Hurts to touch. What is it?

Had sinusitis, think cleared. Something is hard to the touch left of nose under eye circle, feels like superficial vein. Hurts to touch. What is it?

Dacryocystitis: If you have a painful swelling of the lower lid area near the nose side of the lid, you may have an infection of the tear drainage system. See an ophthalmologist for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can compartment syndrome of the lower leg cause swelling, loss of hair, and a superficial vein to stick out of the leg?

Can compartment syndrome of the lower leg cause swelling, loss of hair, and a superficial vein to stick out of the leg?

Yes: I believe a long standing syndrome of extra pressure can alter the circulation in the area which in turn cause the hair loss and vein distention you mentioned. ...Read more

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One prominent superficial vein on left leg, pain radiating up whole leg constantly burning pain. Dvt ruled out. Would sv cause this pain? Crps? Other?

One prominent superficial vein on left leg, pain radiating up whole leg constantly burning pain. Dvt ruled out. Would sv cause this pain? Crps? Other?

Sciatica?: Unlikely to be vascular given symptoms. Seems like you're describing a radicular pain pattern ie sciatica. Could be a pinched nerve in the spine. If recommend you see a physician to be worked up appropriately. ...Read more

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Can superficial veins with clots in them be safely stripped from the leg?

Can superficial veins with clots in them be safely stripped from the leg?

Yes: If the clot is only in the superficial vein/s it is safe to remove the vein surgically with either a phlebectomy or stripping. ...Read more

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Should superficial veins be removed if someone with polycythemia rubra vera has superficial clots?

Should superficial veins be removed if someone with polycythemia rubra vera has superficial clots?

No: The only reason for perfroming surgery on superficial veins is for cosmetic reasons. Surgical removal of a clotted vein to remove the clot only leads to more clots. ...Read more

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I am 35 yrs female unmarried, I m suffering from rt. Arm block from last 04 yrs, my hnd is swelled there are lot of superficial veins. My ESR is 38?

I am 35 yrs female unmarried, I m suffering from rt. Arm block from last 04 yrs, my hnd is swelled there are lot of superficial veins. My ESR is 38?

RSD??: Ouch, you need to get another opinion. If you already have then what doc miss a lot are complex regional pain or rsd and thoracic outlet syndrome. They both can be treated non-surgically with myofasical release therapy as per travell w trigger point shot and acupuncture. The neck/shoulder/upper back and arm are the same unit and needs therapy all together. Wellness and magnesium will help. ...Read more

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I have very superficial veins on my arms. They are visible at all times & appear green. I would like to know, what should I do to remove them?

I have very superficial veins on my arms. They are visible at all times & appear green. I would like to know, what should I do to remove them?

Nothing: They belong there. Their appearance is an indicator of hydration status. You will be thankful for their visibility if you ever get an IV or give blood. ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more