Improving superficial thrombophlebitis care
from Lower Extremity Review
Superficial thrombophlebitis is a common and controversial condition largely overshadowed by its big brother, deep vein thrombosis. Frequent reports of concomitant STP and DVT, with or without pulmonary embolus, align the two pathophysiologies closely. Superficial thrombophlebitis is associated with an array of presentations. Despite the knowledge that has emerged over the past 20 years, a gap in venous education in the U.S., based on established and inaccurate dogma associated with STP, leads many unknowing providers to prescribe a recipe for thrombus extension, the growth of thrombus burden. Thrombus extension can lead to complications of DVT, pulmonary embolus, or both.
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