by Diana Kohnle
Superficial thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein close to the surface of the skin. It happens most often in the leg. The condition is easily treatable. But, it can lead to more serious health concerns.
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A blood clot close causes superficial thrombophlebitis.
Your chances of superficial thrombophlebitis are higher for:
Superficial thrombophlebitis may cause:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may have:
In most cases, superficial thrombophlebitis goes away on its own after a few weeks. If needed, care may involve:
To help lower your chances of superficial thrombophlebitis:
American College of Phlebology
Society for Vascular Surgery
Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery
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Superficial venous thrombosis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/cardiovascular-disorders/peripheral-venous-disorders/superficial-venous-thrombosis. Updated March 2018. Accessed July 11, 2018.
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Last reviewed May 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
Last Updated: 7/11/2018