How do complications arise in superficial thrombophlebitis?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Complications can also result if the recanalization of thrombosed veins results in a valveless channel from destruction of the fragile valves by the inflammatory process. The lack of valves in the vein can lead to a prolonged venous circulation time and often to chronically elevated ambulatory venous pressure within the legs. This often results in a clinical postphlebitic syndrome of chronic pain, edema, hyperpigmentation, ulceration, and an increased risk of recurrent thrombophlebitis.


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