When inflammation in your vein leads to the formation of a blood clot, that’s thrombophlebitis. Due to potential health consequences related to the formation of a blood clot, thrombophlebitis shouldn’t be ignored. The experienced team at Precision Vascular, with branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, can assess and treat your thrombophlebitis to reduce your risk of more serious health issues. It’s time to love your legs again, so for an evaluation, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.
Thrombophlebitis refers to an inflammatory condition in the vein that leads to the formation of a blood clot. Thrombophlebitis can occur in any vein in your body, but it most commonly affects the veins in the legs.
The inflammation and clot can occur in a surface vein, referred to as acute superficial thrombophlebitis, or a deep vein, referred to as deep vein thrombophlebitis. Acute superficial thrombophlebitis isn’t a life-threatening condition, but it requires an immediate evaluation.
Because your deep veins are large, a large clot can develop, referred to as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and if the clot breaks away, it may increase your risk of a pulmonary embolism, which is a life-threatening condition.
You may be at risk of developing thrombophlebitis if you have varicose veins or you’ve been immobile for an extended period. An injury can also lead to inflammation in your vein that leads to the formation of a blood clot.
Your thrombophlebitis symptoms may vary depending on the type of vein affected. In acute superficial thrombophlebitis, you may experience:
With deep vein thrombophlebitis, your symptoms may be limited to pain and swelling.
The team at Precision Vascular conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come in with concerns about thrombophlebitis.
During your evaluation, the team reviews your medical and surgical history and examines the site of your symptoms. To confirm a diagnosis, the team conducts a lower extremity ultrasound.
The team creates a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your thrombophlebitis. To improve overall vein health and circulation, the team recommends conservative treatment such as compression stockings and lifestyle modifications (weight loss, increased exercise, a healthy diet).
To treat the blood clot, the team may prescribe a blood thinner and a clot-buster, which is a medication that helps break up the clot.
If you can’t take a blood thinner, then the team may suggest inserting a filter into your main vein, which prevents any loose blood clots from reaching vital organs.
For expert vascular and vein care, contact Precision Vascular by phone or online today.