Thrombophlebitis

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thrombophlebitis is swelling of a vein caused by a blood clot. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Blood clots can form in arteries or veins. When inflammation due to a blood clot occurs in a vein, it is called thrombophlebitis.

Thrombophlebitis usually occurs in the veins of the legs. Rarely, it can occur in the veins of the arms or neck. Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs in the visible veins just under the skin. The area of inflammation is usually reddened, tender and warm to the touch and can be painful. The extremity may swell and fever may occur.

Deep vein thrombosis is more dangerous than superficial thrombophlebitis. Deep vein thrombosis often cannot be seen or felt by the individual.

The following increase your chances for thrombophlebitis:

Being hospitalized for a major surgery or with a major illness

Disorders that make you more likely to develop blood clots

Sitting for a long period of time

Treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis usually includes elevating the leg, warm moist compresses to the area and medication to decrease pain and inflammation.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.