Alternative Names


Definition of Thrombophlebitis

Thrombophlebitis is swelling (inflammation) of a vein caused by a .

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The following increase your chances for thrombophlebitis:


The following symptoms are often associated with thrombophlebitis:

Signs and tests

The health care provider can usually diagnose the condition based on how the affected area looks. You may need to have your pulse, , temperature, skin condition, and circulation frequently checked to make sure you don’t have complications.


In general, treatment may include support stockings and wraps to reduce discomfort as well as medications such as:

Expectations (prognosis)

Thrombophlebitis and other forms of phlebitis usually respond to prompt medical treatment.


Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/10/2010

Deep venous thrombosis, ileofemoral
Venous blood clot

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