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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis is an inflammation of blood vessels that causes a blood clot to form and block one or more veins, typically in the legs. This can occur in surface veins or deep veins.

Symptoms of thrombophlebitis

  • Skin hardening

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Fever

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Muscle pain in the limbs when pressed or squeezed

Questions your doctor may ask to check for thrombophlebitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose thrombophlebitis

  • Do you have skin hardening?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do your arms and/or legs hurt?

  • Do you feel pain in your arm and leg when they are grasped?

Treatment for thrombophlebitis

Surface vein thrombophlebitis is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics. Applying compression using compressive garments and elevating the limb provides relief. The clot in the deep veins might need additional treatment with blood-thinning drugs.

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References

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  • Oshinyemi P, Lee C, Gough-Palmer A, McKay-Davies I. IJV thrombophlebitis: be wary of the occult. BMJ Case Rep. 2021 Mar 17;14(3):e238813. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2020-238813. PMID: 33731404; PMCID: PMC7978103.

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Saqib Baig, MD, MS

Saqib Baig, MD, MS (Respiratory medicine, Critical Care, Internal medicine)

Dr. Baig graduated from Army Medical College (NUST) Pakistan in 2007. He did his internal medicine training from Baltimore, Maryland, USA during the years 2009-2013. He joined the internal medicine faculty practice at Medical College of Wisconsin in USA for 2 years before pursuing advanced training. He completed his pulmonary disease and critical care medicine fellowship from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 2015-2018. | | During his fellowship, Dr. Baig completed his master's in health care services management through Rutgers Business School. He currently serves as the medical director of respiratory therapy and pulmonary function lab and the clinical director of the COPD program at the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. He holds the Assistant Professor of Medicine rank at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Baig's interests lie in respiratory physiology, airways disease, and data science.

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Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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