Superficial Phlebitis and Acute Thrombophlebitis

Phlebitis 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.

Acute Thrombophlebitis Evaluation

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.

Precision VIR is the first independent Vascular and Interventional Radiology practice in North Texas, established in 2012. We focus on minimally invasive procedures and surgeries that are the safest and most efficient for our patients. We are the leaders in vascular disease diagnosis and treatment, vein care and diagnosis, and women’s health issues such as treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome and uterine fibroids.

Our treatments usually replace archaic surgeries used in the past to treat venous disease. There are no large incisions, reduced risk, less pain and shorter recovery times. 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.

In Addition to Phlebitis Thrombophlebitis, Precision VIR offers the following Services:

  • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and Pelvic Varicose Veins
  • Varicocele endovascular treatment
  • Mediports
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Central Venous Catheter Placements
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Phlebitis Thrombophlebitis: Request an Appointment

If you would like to know more about Phlebitis Thrombophlebitis, or have Symptoms of Acute Superficial Thrombophlebitis, make an appointment with our specialists for an evaluation. If your veins need treatment, the experienced physicians at Precision VIR will create an individualized plan to help you get the best results. Call us today at 214-382-3200 to schedule your Thrombophlebitis consultation or complete the form below.

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Precision VIR serves the DFW area including Dallas, Fort Worth, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Highland Park, University Park, Park Cities, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Denton, Arlington, Irving, Grand Prairie and all of North Texas.

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.