A superficial venous thrombosis is a blood clot in a vein that
is close to the surface of the skin. A superficial thrombosis usually forms a
firm lump, sometimes like a rope, under the skin. Often the skin is red and
tender. The skin may look infected, but an actual infection is not common.
If the area around the clot has inflammation, it is called
superficial thrombophlebitis, or simply phlebitis.
Blood clots in
superficial veins usually are not serious. Home treatment is typically all that
is needed unless the clots are very painful or uncomfortable.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology
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