What is phlebitis?

Phlebitis is the inflammation in arm, leg, or neck veins. It is usually caused by a problem with the blood vessel wall, impaired blood flow, or a coagulation abnormality. Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, and redness.

What causes phlebitis?

Some of the possible causes for phlebitis are:

• local trauma or injury to the vein
• long periods of inactivity (long road trips or plane rides)
• immobility during the post-operative period of surgery 
• blood clotting disorders
• intravenous drug use
• burn patients
• cigarette smoking

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