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Vascular Surgery - Superficial Thrombophlebitis

When a clot forms in a deep vein it is known as A Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). When a clot is located in a superficial vein it is known as superficial thrombophlebitis.

Symptoms:

When thrombophlebitis occurs in a vein, a thick cord can be felt under the skin. Pain and swelling may also be present over the involved area.

Treatment:

This condition is treated with elevation of the leg, medications such as Motrin, and warm compresses to the area that is involved.  

If the symptoms are severe the doctor may also prescribe blood thinning medications such as heparin or Coumadin.

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