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Superficial Vein Thrombophlebitis (SVT) Treatment in Buffalo Niagara - Dr. Karamanoukian
Tuesday, August 6, 2013



Superficial thrombophlebitis is a painful condition that rarely presents with complications such as embolization. In the absence of cancer, superficial thrombophlebitis of the leg is almost always associated with varicose veins.  Patients with superficial thrombophlebitis or varicose veins are unlikely to have associated deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  Thrombophlebitis is invariably in the superficial venous system (superficial thrombophlebitis) and rarely extends into the deep veins (deep vein clot) and even less rarely causing pulmonary embolization, or a clot that travels to the lungs. Most likely  causes of superficial thrombophlebitis are injury to the leg, stasis or stagnation of blood flow or occlusion of blood flow.


In cases where there is ascending superficial thrombophlebitis, meaning thrombophlebitis that is progressing towards the groin veins, the system that is usually affected is the great saphenous vein (GSV).  Historically, this has required ligation of the great saphenous vein at the saphenofemoral junction (high ligation) to prevent extension into the deep veins and subsequent pulmonary embolization Presently treatment is invariably anticoagulation with the goal standard warfarin type anticoagulants.


Symptoms relief for superficial thrombophlebitis is with anti-nflammatory medications, warm compresses applied topically over the area, leg elevation, frequent ambulation and also treatment with Phlebitis Pak.


For more information about superficial vein thrombophlebitis, contact Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian at the Vein Treatment Center at 716-839-3638 or go to or to


In the Los Angeles area, contact Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center by calling 310-998-5535 or







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