Which histologic findings are characteristic of thrombophlebitis?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Padma Chitnavis, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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It is important to differentiate superficial thrombophlebitis from polyarteritis nodosa in biopsy specimens. Attention to the pattern of the muscularis (bundled in veins, nonbundled wreath in artery) and the elastic pattern (surrounding bundles in veins) can help to distinguish the two. [117]


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