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Inflammation of the veins associated with the presence of a thrombus.
Symptoms of Thrombophlebitis
The following features are indicative of Thrombophlebitis:
swelling in the part of the body affected
pain in the part of the body affected
warmth and tenderness over the vein
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Common Causes of Thrombophlebitis
The following are the most common causes of Thrombophlebitis:
trauma to a vein due to insertion of an intravenous catheter
an injury to vein
immobility of legs for longer time due to injury or hospital stay
Risk Factors for Thrombophlebitis
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Thrombophlebitis:
varicose veins infection
insertion of catheter in a central vein
use of birth control pills
previous episodes of thrombophlebitis
age more than 60 years
Prevention of Thrombophlebitis
Yes, it may be possible to prevent Thrombophlebitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
do regular walk
wear loose clothing
drink plenty of non alcoholic fluids
Occurrence of Thrombophlebitis
Number of Cases
The following are the number of Thrombophlebitis cases seen each year worldwide:
Rare between 10K - 50K cases
Common Age Group
Thrombophlebitis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
Aged > 60 years
Thrombophlebitis can occur in any gender.
Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Thrombophlebitis
The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Thrombophlebitis:
Ultrasound examination with Wandlike device: To confirm the diagnosis and distinguish between superficial and deep vein thrombosis
Blood test: To identify people at risk of developing thrombophlebitis repeatedly
Complications of Thrombophlebitis if untreated
Yes, Thrombophlebitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Thrombophlebitis is left untreated:
severe swelling in the leg
Procedures for Treatment of Thrombophlebitis
The following procedures are used to treat Thrombophlebitis:
Surgery: To remove varicose veins that cause pain or recurrent thrombophlebitis through small incisions
Self-care for Thrombophlebitis
The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Thrombophlebitis:
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 Thrombophlebitis
While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Thrombophlebitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
In 1 - 3 months
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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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