Blood clots an occur in both the deep or superficial veins in the arms or legs. When they occur in the superficial veins, they can be uncomfortable but are often not life threatening.
Patients suffering from a superficial venous thrombosis, also known as phlebitis can experience:
Risk factors for developing superficial venous thrombosis include:
Superficial venous thrombosis or phlebitis is often first diagnosed on clinical exam. An urgent non-invasive venous ultrasound is important to make sure the blood clot does not extend to the deep venous system.
Blood clots that are limited to the superficial venous system do not usually require treatment with a blood thinner. Temporary management of symptoms include: