Canterbury DHB


Superficial Vein Thrombosis

These may be relatively trivial events such as those associated with ‘luer’ insertion.

The distinction between infectious or sterile thrombophlebitis can be difficult. More extensive superficial vein thromboses particularly when spontaneous and in the thigh may be more significant. They may extend into the deep veins (such as saphenous into the common femoral) and some (30%) will already have extended into the deep system at presentation.

One therapeutic approach is to treat them with two weeks of therapeutic LMWH. Superficial vein thromboses may develop in varicose veins.

Note: The “superficial” femoral vein in the thigh is a deep vein.

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Topic Code: 5189