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Superficial thrombophlebitis

  • Alternative Names

    Thrombophlebitis - superficial

    • Skin redness or inflammation along a vein that's just below the skin
    • Warmth of tissue
    • Tenderness or pain along a vein that's just below the skin -- pain is worse when pressure is applied
    • Limb pain
    • Hardening of a the vein (induration)

    Signs and tests

    Your health care provider will diagnose superficial thrombophlebitis based mainly on the appearance of the affected area. Frequent checks of the pulse, blood pressure, temperature, skin condition, and blood flow may be needed.

    The following tests can help confirm the condition:

    • Doppler ultrasound
    • Duplex ultrasound
    • Venography

    If there are signs of an infection, skin or blood cultures may be performed.