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How is superficial phlebitis distinguished from varicose veins?

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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
8 doctors agree

In brief: Clot

Phlebitis is a blood clot in a superficial vein which is firm and tender to touch Varicose vein with no clot will be soft and sometimes can be tender to touch

In brief: Clot

Phlebitis is a blood clot in a superficial vein which is firm and tender to touch Varicose vein with no clot will be soft and sometimes can be tender to touch
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Extreme tenderness

Varicose veins are tortuous vessels that appear blue in color and are contender. When those veins form clots and the skin over them becomes red and tender, then it is considered thrombophlebitis.

In brief: Extreme tenderness

Varicose veins are tortuous vessels that appear blue in color and are contender. When those veins form clots and the skin over them becomes red and tender, then it is considered thrombophlebitis.
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: VV and Phlebitis

Varicose veins are dilated, bulging grape-like veins in the leg most commonly due to malfunctioning (leaking) valves of the saphenous system of veins.
Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein usually due to a clot in the vein. Superficial phlebitis occurs commonly in varicose veins and is treated with localized heat to the area and ibuprofen Deep phlebitis is more serious and requires anticoagulation.

In brief: VV and Phlebitis

Varicose veins are dilated, bulging grape-like veins in the leg most commonly due to malfunctioning (leaking) valves of the saphenous system of veins.
Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein usually due to a clot in the vein. Superficial phlebitis occurs commonly in varicose veins and is treated with localized heat to the area and ibuprofen Deep phlebitis is more serious and requires anticoagulation.
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Dr. Mark Pack
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Inflammation

Varicose veins are dilated/enlarged veins.
Superficial phlebitis is an inflammatory condition where a clot develops in a vein near the skin surface.

In brief: Inflammation

Varicose veins are dilated/enlarged veins.
Superficial phlebitis is an inflammatory condition where a clot develops in a vein near the skin surface.
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Examination

Usually can be distinguished by a doctors exam. Phlebitis is associated with redness of the skin, often significant tenderness, firmness of the veins, and more pain.
Ultrasound can identify thrombophlebitis definitively. Phlebitis is more serious & needs more immediate treatment. Sometimes even blood thinners may be indicated for phlebitis. Phlebitis is most often the result of varicose veins.

In brief: Examination

Usually can be distinguished by a doctors exam. Phlebitis is associated with redness of the skin, often significant tenderness, firmness of the veins, and more pain.
Ultrasound can identify thrombophlebitis definitively. Phlebitis is more serious & needs more immediate treatment. Sometimes even blood thinners may be indicated for phlebitis. Phlebitis is most often the result of varicose veins.
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