When is superficial thrombophlebitis associated with deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Answer

Superficial thrombophlebitis is often associated with deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in two specific settings. The following high-risk groups require further evaluation for DVT:

  • Superficial thrombophlebitis in the absence of coexisting venous varices and no other obvious etiology

  • Involvement of the greater saphenous vein above the knee, especially if it extends to the saphenofemoral junction (These latter patients should be treated as having proximal vein DVT and treated with full anticoagulant therapy.)


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