Please tell me how to help with this condition.
Reply from Dr. Bazos:
The condition of thrombophlebitis (also called venous thrombophlebitis) means a
clot or 'thrombus' exists in the venous system 'phlebitis' or veins. The cause of
this process is unclear, but is felt to be related to the contributing factors of
venous wall damage, stasis (e.g. inactivity) and a 'thick, sludgy slow flowing blood'
(hypercoagulable state). The process may occur suddenly (acute), or over time (chronic). It may involve the external or superficial veins. Superficial
venous thrombophlebitis (SVT) usually occurs in varicose veins and is clearly a result of static blood flow in these damaged vessels. If there are multiple
'wandering' type SVT may be an important clue to certain malignancies. Deep venous
thrombophlebitis (DVT) is notoriously more variable and potentially life-threatening compared to SVT. The investigations and managements of the above types
of 'thrombophlebitis' vary like night and day. There are entire medical and surgical journals dedicated to each of these different types of venous system
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