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Is phlebitis swelling without an actual clot?

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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Phlebitis

Phlebitis means blood clot,there is associated swelling and often redness and discomfort if it is a superficial blood clot

In brief: Phlebitis

Phlebitis means blood clot,there is associated swelling and often redness and discomfort if it is a superficial blood clot
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Technically, yes

Phlebitis literally means an itis (inflammation) of a phleb (vein).
Inflammation is swelling, redness, warth, and pain. So if you have swelling of a vein, it could technically be a phlebitis. Generally though, when someone has phlebitis, they have a clot associated with it because the clot is what caused the phlebitis. If you have phlebitis, you need an ultrasound to see if there is a clot.

In brief: Technically, yes

Phlebitis literally means an itis (inflammation) of a phleb (vein).
Inflammation is swelling, redness, warth, and pain. So if you have swelling of a vein, it could technically be a phlebitis. Generally though, when someone has phlebitis, they have a clot associated with it because the clot is what caused the phlebitis. If you have phlebitis, you need an ultrasound to see if there is a clot.
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