Are women at increased risk for superficial thrombophlebitis during pregnancy?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Venous thrombophlebitis and PE are common during all trimesters of pregnancy and for 6-12 weeks after delivery.

Superficial varicosities and superficial phlebitis, along with associated DVT, are also common during pregnancy because of a pregnancy-related reduction in intrinsic plasminogen activator activity. Failure to treat the mother properly is the most common cause of fetal demise.


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