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Inflammation of a varicose vein

What is a Thrombophlebitis?


Varicose veins happen most frequently in the legs and are a nuisance especially for women due to their non-esthetic appearance and because of the leg swelling often associated with varicose veins.


Thrombophlebitis is an acute event involving inflammation of such a varicose vein, easily palpable under the skin. When the flow in a varicose vein decreases, the risk of inflammation of the vein wall increases, causing the blood to clot inside the varicose vein.


The reason often is long sitting or standing without adequate movement of the legs and therefore decreased blood flow in the veins.

Thrombophlebitis varicose vein condition

What are the symptoms of Thrombophlebitis?

  • Painful and inflamed (hot and red skin) superficial varicose veins of the legs.

  • Swelling of the legs


What imaging/ tests are done to diagnose Thrombophlebitis?

  • Ultrasound of the veins


What interventions/ treatments can be performed for Thrombophlebitis?

Depending on the severity, antibiotic treatment and anticoagulation treatment (blood thinning) may be necessary.

In the long run, if thrombophlebitis events are recurring, you may consider eliminating the varicose vein:

  • Foam sclerotherapy

  • Laser sclerotherapy

  • Surgical stripping


What interventions/ treatments does CardioCare offer for Thrombophlebitis?

We perform conservative treatment and follow-up.

  • Simple sclerotherapy for small spider veins

  • Minimally invasive foam sclerotherapy techniques for larger varicose veins are our expertise

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