What Is Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis?
Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein. Thrombophlebitis is inflammation causing a blood clot to form and block one or more veins, usually in your legs.
Up to a fourth of all patients with varicose veins and lower extremity venous insufficiency will have an episode of clotting of a varicosity. This can be nearly invisible or can be located just underneath the skin. This condition is called acute superficial thrombophlebitis. The condition causes pain and discomfort but is usually self-limiting. It should, however, be differentiated and monitored to prevent conversion to a more serious condition of deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis involves clot migration or formation in the deep veins of the leg, a potentially life-threatening situation.
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Anyone suspected of having acute thrombophlebitis should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. The focus would be to exclude a clot involving the deep venous system (DVT). After exclusion of the more serious DVT condition, your Precision VIR doctor can make recommendations to treat superficial thrombophlebitis conservatively with therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and close follow-up.