Septic Thrombophlebitis Overview
What is septic thrombophlebitis?
A person with septic thrombophlebitis has inflammation of a vein, caused by a bacterial infection. The most common cause of septic thrombophlebitis is an intravenous (IV) catheter, which mistakenly introduces bacteria into the vein. Septic thrombophlebitis occurs most commonly in an arm or leg. Septic thrombophlebitis occurs in about 10 percent of those who undergo surgery.
What are the symptoms of septic thrombophlebitis?
Symptoms of septic thrombophlebitis include fever, and pain or tenderness over the vein. The vein may become firm. Additional symptoms of septic thrombophlebitis may include redness, tenderness, warmth, or swelling of the skin over the vein.
How does the doctor treat septic thrombophlebitis?
Treatment for septic thrombophlebitis may include rest, elevation of the arm or leg, warm compresses, antibiotics, and blood thinners. Treatment for severe septic thrombophlebitis may require surgery.
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