Phlegmasia cerulea dolens is an uncommon, severe form of deep venous thrombosis (blood clots in the vein), usually in the upper leg.
Pain, swelling , and bluish-skin coloring affect the area below the blocked vein.
For information on diagnosis, see: Deep venous thrombosis
For information on treatment, see: Deep venous thrombosis
See immediate medical help if an arm or leg is severely swollen, blue, or painful.
Ginsberg J. Peripheral venous disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 81.
Venous blood clot