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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Thrombophlebitis (Overview)

An inflammatory process that causes a blood clot to form and block one or more veins, usually in your legs.


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How does thrombophlebitis occur?

How does thrombophlebitis occur?

Three main reasons: Thrombophlebitis is venous thrombosis and associated inflammation of the affected vein. Also referred to as DVT or deep vein thrombosis. It is almost always the result of one or more of 3 conditions (known as virchow's triad): 1stasis of blood, 2 endothelial injury or 3 hyper-coagulability. Common causes for each: 1 long trip 2 post surgery or trauma 3 birth control pills or blood disorder.

Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
363 Doctors shared insights

Thrombophlebitis (Overview)

An inflammatory process that causes a blood clot to form and block one or more veins, usually in your legs.


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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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What are the common symptoms of thrombophlebitis?

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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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.

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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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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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What is the cause of thrombophlebitis?

What is the cause of thrombophlebitis?

DVT: Blood clots can be caused by many different things namely anything that causes your blood not to circulate normally or clot properly setting for long periods of time smoking prolonged bed rest injury or surgery pregnancy cancer birth control pills obesity a pacemaker or catheter in vein a tall person.

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Treatment for thrombophlebitis takes how long to improve?

Treatment for thrombophlebitis takes how long to improve?

Variable: The deep and superficial thrombophlebitis resolve at variable rates. Usually over 2 or 3 months for the vessel to re-canalize. However sometimes the vein does not recanalize.

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What are the treatments for thrombophlebitis? How long should I be on heprin?

Anticoagulation: If you have thrombophlebitis (deep venous thrombosis), the treatment is anticoagulation. This involves an infusion of Heparin or injections of a heparinoid like Lovenox (enoxaparin) initially for about 4 to 7 days, with long term treatment with warfarin (coumadin). The duration of treatment depends on the extent of the thrombosis and other coexisting issues. A vascular surgery consultation is indicated.

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Can diabetes type 2 lead to thrombophlebitis?

Can diabetes type 2 lead to thrombophlebitis?

Not usually: Diabetics are about at the same risk for blood clots as everybody else unless there are other genetic factors involved an also immobility and obesity.

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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

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What is thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis: This term means inflammation of the veins and often results in venous thrombosis which is blood clotting in the veins.

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What is thrombophlebitis?

This refers: To irritation of a vein with associated clot. Usually in the context of a superficial vein which is of less seriousness than a deep venous thrombosis with risk of embolization.

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Could I have thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis: It is a very common and non dangerous condition where a vein under the skin get red, raised, warm, and tender. Within 1-2 wks the redness turns brown the warmth goes away the tenderness does too just the lumpiness stays for a month or 6 wks before it goes away too

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How does thrombophlebitis occur?

Three main reasons: Thrombophlebitis is venous thrombosis and associated inflammation of the affected vein. Also referred to as DVT or deep vein thrombosis. It is almost always the result of one or more of 3 conditions (known as virchow's triad): 1stasis of blood, 2 endothelial injury or 3 hyper-coagulability. Common causes for each: 1 long trip 2 post surgery or trauma 3 birth control pills or blood disorder.

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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.

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What is the cause of thrombophlebitis?

DVT: Blood clots can be caused by many different things namely anything that causes your blood not to circulate normally or clot properly setting for long periods of time smoking prolonged bed rest injury or surgery pregnancy cancer birth control pills obesity a pacemaker or catheter in vein a tall person.

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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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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.

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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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