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What is Superficial Thrombophlebitis ?

Superficial Thrombophlebitis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation with the formation of a blood clot in a vein that is located near the skin (a superficial vein). It usually occurs in the leg, but may also happen in the arm or neck. It is commonly due to prolonged intravenous use, injury, surgery or long periods of sitting. When the vein is inflamed, it causes signs and symptoms, such as redness, warm and pain on the skin of the affected area. Superficial thrombophlebitis is a mild condition. Symptoms generally disappear within 1 to 2 weeks without any complications with treatment. In very rare cases, complications, such as gangrene, cellulitis and pulmonary embolism may occur.
The cause of Superficial Thrombophlebitis is not known or still under medical review.
The risk of Superficial Thrombophlebitis is not known or still under medical review.
The complications of Superficial Thrombophlebitis is not known or still under medical review.
The prevention of Superficial Thrombophlebitis is not known or still under medical review.

Treatments and management of Superficial Thrombophlebitis may vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of the medical condition. Treatment options may include:

  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  • Analgesics
  • Aspirin

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