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Journal of Phlebology and Lymphology

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Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis

Author(s): Christopher Rockman

Phlebitis (fle-BYE-tis) means inflammation of a vein. Thrombophlebitis is thanks to one or more blood clots during a vein that cause inflammation. Thrombophlebitis usually occurs in leg veins, but it's going to occur in an arm or other parts of the body. Mechanical phlebitis occurs where the movement of a far off object (cannula) within a vein causes friction and subsequent venous inflammation. Chemical phlebitis is caused by the drug or fluid being infused through the cannula and Infective phlebitis. In general, superficial phlebitis of the upper and lower extremities are often treated by applying warm compresses, elevation of the involved extremity, encouraging ambulation (walking), and oral anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen [Motrin, Advil], diclofenac [Voltaren, Cataflam, Voltaren-XR], etc.).