Thrombophlebitis is inflammation in a vein in an area where a blood
clot has formed. Often the term thrombophlebitis is shortened to
There are two types of phlebitis.
- Superficial phlebitis occurs when a blood clot
and inflammation develop in a small vein near the surface of the skin. This
type of phlebitis rarely causes a serious problem.
- Deep vein
thrombosis occurs when a blood clot and inflammation are deep inside a vein in a
leg, the lower abdomen (pelvis), or, rarely, the arm. It requires tests and treatment by a doctor.