Similar to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), clots can also form in the smaller veins, just under the skin. "Phlebitis" refers to inflammation that can be present with or without true clots.
Who is at risk for phlebitis?
Similar to DVT
Intravenous (IV) drug abuse or presence of an IV catheter
Symptoms of phlebitis
Tenderness, pain and warmth in a localized area of skin on arms or legs
Redness and swelling in the area of concern
Sometimes a swelling resembling a cord will be present along the superficial vein.
The most concerning risk is the potential for superficial clotting progressing to deep vein thrombosis.
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