What is migratory thrombophlebitis (thrombophlebitis migrans)?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Jadioux described migratory thrombophlebitis in 1845, determining it to be an entity characterized by repeated thromboses developing in superficial veins at varying sites but occurring most commonly in the lower extremity. Although numerous etiologic factors have been proposed for this condition, none have been confirmed.

The association of carcinoma with migratory thrombophlebitis was first reported by Trousseau, in 1856. Sproul noted migratory thrombophlebitis to be especially prevalent with carcinoma of the tail of the pancreas. [12]


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