Superficial Phlebitis and Acute Thrombophlebitis

Superficial Phlebitis and Acute Thrombophlebitis

What Is Phlebitis?

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.

Symptoms of Acute Superficial Thrombophlebitis

Symptoms of acute superficial thrombophlebitis include pain, tenderness, increased warmth, swelling, hardening of the overlying skin and inflammation in the area of the thrombosis. 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, recommendations can be made to treat superficial thrombophlebitis conservatively with therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and close follow-up.

A lower extremity ultrasound which is readily available at Precision will help diagnose the condition quickly and accurately.

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Phlebitis Treatment

Precision Vascular Specializes in minimally invasive treatments for complex vascular and vein disease.

We focus on venous disease diagnosis, management and treatments including all the latest and innovative procedures. The procedures can be safely performed in an office or outpatient setting. We treat all facets of venous disease and are experts at all aspects of treatment from cosmetic to complex medical venous disease.

Our physicians are Board Certified Vascular Specialists trained in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Call us today at 214-382-3200 to schedule your consultation with the specialists at Precision VIR.

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This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.