Are women at increased risk for superficial thrombophlebitis during pregnancy?

Updated: Feb 25, 2021
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
  • Print

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.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!