Inflammation of a vein

Symptoms of Phlebitis

The following features are indicative of Phlebitis:
  • swelling in the part of the body affected
  • pain in the part of the body affected
  • skin redness
  • warmth and tenderness over the vein

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Common Causes of Phlebitis

The following are the most common causes of Phlebitis:
  • trauma to a vein due to insertion of an intravenous catheter
  • ovarian cancer
  • an injury to vein
  • immobility of legs for longer time due to injury or hospital stay

Risk Factors for Phlebitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Phlebitis:
  • varicose veins infection
  • insertion of catheter in a central vein
  • pregnancy
  • use of birth control pills
  • family history
  • previous episodes of thrombophlebitis
  • stroke
  • age more than 60 years
  • obesity
  • cancer
  • smoke consumption

Prevention of Phlebitis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Phlebitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • go for regular walk
  • wear loose clothing
  • drink plenty of non alcoholic fluids

Occurrence of Phlebitis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Phlebitis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Phlebitis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Phlebitis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Phlebitis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Phlebitis:
  • Ultrasound Examination with Wandlike device: Confirms the diagnosis and distinguish between superficial and deep vein thrombosis
  • Blood testing: Identify people at risk of developing thrombophlebitis repeatedly

Doctor for Diagnosis of Phlebitis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Phlebitis:
  • Hematologist

Complications of Phlebitis if untreated

Yes, Phlebitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Phlebitis is left untreated:
  • pulmonary embolism
  • chronic pain
  • severe swelling in the leg

Procedures for Treatment of Phlebitis

The following procedures are used to treat Phlebitis:
  • Surgery: Removes varicose veins that cause pain or recurrent thrombophlebitis through small incisions

Self-care for Phlebitis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Phlebitis:
  • Application of heat to the affected area with warm washcloth: Helps to improve symptoms of thrombophlebitis
  • Elevation of Legs: In order to prevent swelling of legs

Time for Treatment of Phlebitis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Phlebitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 3 months

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Phlebitis.
Superficial Thrombophlebitis

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