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Superficial Thrombophlebitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is superficial thrombophlebitis (STP)?

STP is inflammation of a vein just under your skin (superficial vein). The inflammation causes a blood clot to form in your vein. STP most often happens in your leg but may also happen in your arm or neck.

Thrombus and Embolus

What increases my risk for STP?

What are the signs and symptoms of STP?

How is STP diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you. You may need any of the following:

How is STP treated?

Treatment may not be needed. STP usually goes away on its own. You may need any of the following for STP that continues:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage STP?

What can I do to prevent STP?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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