Phlebitis

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Phlebitis
Classification and external resources
Gray583.png
Veins in the popliteal area.
ICD-10I80
ICD-9451
DiseasesDB13043
eMedicineemerg/581 emerg/582 med/3201
MeSHD010689
 
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Phlebitis
Classification and external resources
Gray583.png
Veins in the popliteal area.
ICD-10I80
ICD-9451
DiseasesDB13043
eMedicineemerg/581 emerg/582 med/3201
MeSHD010689

Phlebitis is the inflammation of a vein, usually in the legs. It most commonly occurs in superficial veins. Phlebitis often occurs in conjunction with thrombosis and is then called "thrombophlebitis" or "superficial thrombophlebitis" - an annoying but not harmful condition[1] (as opposed to deep vein thrombosis).

Signs and symptoms[edit]

Cause[edit]

Phlebitis is typically caused by local trauma to a vein, usually from the insertion of an intravenous catheter.[3] However, phlebitis can also occur due to a complication of connective tissue disorders such as lupus, or of pancreatic, breast, or ovarian cancers. Phlebitis can also result from certain medications and drugs that irritate the veins.[4]

Management[edit]

Treatment usually consists of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, and local compression (e.g., by compression stockings or a compress).[5] If the phlebitis is associated with local bacterial infection, antibiotics may be used.[6]

History[edit]

Phlebitis was first described by John Hunter in 1784.

Society and culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/106/17/2170.full
  2. ^ Benjamin Wedro. "Phlebitis Symptoms". emedicinehealth. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Benjamin Wedro. "Phlebitis Causes". emedicinehealth. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ http://chealth.canoe.ca/condition_info_details.asp?disease_id=190
  5. ^ Benjamin Wedro. "Phlebitis Treatment". emedicinehealth. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Benjamin Wedro. "Phlebitis Medical Treatment". emedicinehealth. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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