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Phlegmasia cerulea dolens

Definition

Phlegmasia cerulea dolens is an uncommon, severe form of deep venous thrombosis (blood clots in the vein), usually in the upper leg.

Symptoms

Pain, swelling , and bluish-skin coloring affect the area below the blocked vein.

Signs and tests

For information on diagnosis, see: Deep venous thrombosis

Treatment

For information on treatment, see: Deep venous thrombosis

Support Groups

Expectations (prognosis)

Calling your health care provider

See immediate medical help if an arm or leg is severely swollen, blue, or painful.

Prevention

References

Ginsberg J. Peripheral venous disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 81.

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