inflammation of the wall of a vein, which is most commonly seen in the legs as a complication of varicose veins. A segment of vein becomes painful and tender and the surrounding skin feels hot and appears red. Thrombosis commonly develops (see thrombophlebitis). Treatment consists of elastic support together with drugs, such as NSAIDs, to relieve the inflammation and pain. Anticoagulants are not used (compare phlebothrombosis). Phlebitis may also complicate sepsis (see pylephlebitis) or cancer, especially of the stomach, bronchus, or pancreas. In pancreatic cancer the phlebitis may affect a variety of veins (thrombophlebitis migrans).

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  • Phlebitis — Phle*bi tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, ?, a vein + itis.] (Med.) Inflammation of a vein. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Phlebītis — (griech.), Entzündung der Venen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • phlebitis — (n.) 1822, Modern Latin, from Gk. phleps (gen. phlebos) vein + ITIS (Cf. itis) inflammation …   Etymology dictionary

  • phlebitis — ► NOUN Medicine ▪ inflammation of the walls of a vein. ORIGIN from Greek phleps vein …   English terms dictionary

  • phlebitis — [flə bīt′is] n. [ModL: see PHLEBO & ITIS] inflammation of a vein or veins phlebitic [flēbit′ik, flibit′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Phlebitis — eMedicine2|med|3201 | MeshID = D010689 Phlebitis is an inflammation of a vein, usually in the legs. When phlebitis is associated with the formation of blood clots (thrombosis), usually in the deep veins of the legs, the condition is called… …   Wikipedia

  • Phlebitis — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 I80 Thrombose, Phlebitis und Thrombophlebitis I82.1 Thrombophlebitis migrans O08.7 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • phlebitis — phlebitic /fleuh bit ik/, adj. /fleuh buy tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of a vein, often occurring in the legs and involving the formation of a thrombus, characterized by swelling, pain, and change of skin color. [1815 25; < NL; see PHLEB , ITIS] …   Universalium

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  • Phlebitis — Venenentzündung * * * Phle|bi|tis 〈f.; , ti|den〉 = Venenentzündung [zu grch. phleps, Gen. phlebos „Blutader“] * * * Phlebitis   die, /... tiden, die Venenentzündung. * * * Phle|bi|tis, die; , ...itiden (Med.): Venenentzündung …   Universal-Lexikon

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