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Can superficial phlebitis cause health problems?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Typically no

Usually not - this is a local reaction and usually resolves.

In brief: Typically no

Usually not - this is a local reaction and usually resolves.
Dr. Steven Hill
Dr. Steven Hill
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Superficial thrombos

it depends upon the location of the superficial thrombophlebitis and its relationship to the deeper veins.
If the superficial thrombophlebitis moves towards the deeper vein, then blood thinners-anticoagulation, would be recommended. Other than that Anti-inflammatories would be helpful as well as a compression stocking. Evaluation to determine if there is varicose veins and reflux is important.

In brief: Superficial thrombos

it depends upon the location of the superficial thrombophlebitis and its relationship to the deeper veins.
If the superficial thrombophlebitis moves towards the deeper vein, then blood thinners-anticoagulation, would be recommended. Other than that Anti-inflammatories would be helpful as well as a compression stocking. Evaluation to determine if there is varicose veins and reflux is important.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If there is a clot

Phlebitis is an inflamed vein.
The problem is that the inflammation is often caused by a thrombus (clot) and the only way to know that a clot is present or not is to have an ultrasound. Clots are common in phlebitis and 24% of the time that a person has phlebitis associated with a clot, they also have a deep venous thrombosis. About 10% of these are associated with a pulmonary embolism.

In brief: If there is a clot

Phlebitis is an inflamed vein.
The problem is that the inflammation is often caused by a thrombus (clot) and the only way to know that a clot is present or not is to have an ultrasound. Clots are common in phlebitis and 24% of the time that a person has phlebitis associated with a clot, they also have a deep venous thrombosis. About 10% of these are associated with a pulmonary embolism.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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