Condition – Thrombophlebitis


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Early superficial thrombophlebitis


Late superficial thrombophlebitis

Phlebitis is an  inflammation and clot in a superficial veins.

It usually occurs following trivial trauma to pre-existing varicose veins, although  there are other causes which need to be excluded.

Initially the inflamed vein is red, hot and very tender, but after a few weeks the discomfort settles and a residual hard cord is left with some brown skin staining.

There is up to a 25% chance that there is an underlying deep vein thrombosis and therefore when there is phlebitis a Duplex scan need to be undertaken to exclude a deep vein thrombosis

Treatment involves wearing graduated compression hosiery and taking adequate pain killers. Often antibiotics are given but these are not needed as this is not a cellulitis infection.

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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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