Phlebitis is a common term for an inflammatory process of a vein or varicose vein. Often the source of the inflammation of the vein is blood clot or thrombus. When there is a clot the condition changes in name to thrombophlebitis. Thrombophlebitis can affect the deep veins or the superficial veins. When the thrombus.
While superficial thrombophlebitis can be very painful it is generally not life threatening. Thrombophlebitis in the deep veins is a serious condition and is usually called deep vein thrombus or DVT.
Superficial phlebitis is more likely to develop in people with varicose veins, or have trauma to the vessel wall such as with an IV stick or blood draw. There may be obvious inflammation with a red streak along the path of the vein. There may also be localized tenderness and heat associated with the inflammation and thrombus in the varicosities.
If you have phlebitis, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, spider veins or just unexplained leg pain Dr. Larson and The Vein Center of Arizona are here to assist you. Take our online vein screening or simply fill out the contact us tab and one of our specialist will give you a call. We value the trust that our patient’s give us and we provide our services with a patient centered approach. This means that we value your time, your energy and we will do our best to understand the specific needs of each individual patient. Let us help you get that youtful energy and life back into your legs!