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Phlebitis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

It is reasonable to seek medical care if there is swelling or pain in an extremity. This is especially true if there are risk factors for deep vein thrombophlebitis including prolonged travel, bed rest, or recent surgery.

Deep vein thrombophlebitis requires immediate medical care especially if the patient has any of these signs and symptoms.

  • High fever with any symptoms in an arm or leg
  • Lumps in a leg
  • Severe pain and swelling in an arm or leg
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath, which could be the symptoms of pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung).

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