Phlebitis & Thrombophlebitis

Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein, often accompanied by pain, swelling, and redness, and may lead to a blood clot.

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What is Phlebitis?

Phlebitis refers to the inflammation of a vein. This may be caused by several factors including infection, trauma to the wall of a vein or the formation of a blood clot within the vein.

Superficial thrombophlebitis refers to an inflamed vein near the skins surface caused by a blood clot.


Common symptoms of thrombophlebitis include:

  • Hard painful lumps underneath the skin
  • Skin warmth
  • Skin redness

Is superficial thrombophlebitis serious?

Superficial thrombophlebitis is usually not a serious condition. Within a few weeks, the blood clot in the vein usually clears and the inflammation resolves. However, there is a small chance that a blood clot in the superficial vein will spread to deeper veins, resulting in deep venous thrombosis, a serious condition (DVT).

Risk factors

Risk factors increasing your chance of developing thrombophlebitis include:

  • Varicose veins
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Previous venous blood clot
  • Recent vein procedure
  • Clotting disorders
  • Cancer

Diagnosing Phlebitis

Thrombophlebitis is typically clinically diagnosed after a comprehensive medical history and physical examination. Ultrasound scans may be useful for confirmation of the diagnosis.

How is phlebitis treated?

Phlebitis is inflammation and not commonly related to infection. Treatment of phlebitis is mainly aimed at relieving symptoms. Limb elevation and cold compresses may be useful. Often, pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed. If the inflammation is due a venous infection, antibiotics may be required.

Why choose Vein Doctors Sydney for your vein care?

Our vein specialists are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of phlebitis. Our team of vein specialists are dedicated to your care and will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is best suited to your condition.

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