Advanced Care for Superficial Vein Thrombosis in Williamsport, PA
Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is when a blood clot develops within veins near the surface of the body. It is less serious than deep vein thrombosis or DVT, which occurs deeper within the body.
Causes of SVT may include injury to the vein or recent use of an IV line or catheter. Risks for developing SVT can include blood clotting disorders, infection, pregnancy, long periods of rest, use of birth control pills and varicose veins.
At UPMC's Heart & Vascular Institute, we offer comprehensive care for superficial vein thrombosis in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.
Superficial Vein Thrombosis Symptoms
If a vein close to the surface of your skin is affected, there may be a red, hard cord visible just under the skin. If it’s a deep vein in your leg, your leg may be tender, painful and swollen.
Common symptoms of superficial vein thrombosis include:
- Redness or inflammation of the skin
- Warm skin
- Tenderness or pain
- Vein hardening
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Superficial Vein Thrombosis Causes
The cause of superficial vein thrombosis is a blood clot. Blood clots that cause SVT may be the result of:
- An inherited blood-clotting disorder
- An injury to a vein
- Long periods of immobility (such as during a hospital stay)
Superficial Vein Thrombosis Treatment at UPMC Susquehanna
Your physician will determine a treatment plan specific to your age, health, medical history, extent of condition and symptoms. Some treatments may include:
- Support stockings and elevation to reduce discomfort and swelling
- Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers or blood thinners
- Surgical removal or sclerotherapy
Experienced cardiology providers at UPMC Heart & Vascular Institute offer exceptional care to treat superficial vein thrombosis in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.