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 • obesity
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