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Phlegmasia cerulea dolens
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Phlegmasia cerulea dolens

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

Phlegmasia alba dolens

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  • Causes

    Phlegmasia alba dolens

  • Symptoms

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

  • Exams and Tests

    For information on diagnosis, see: Deep venous thrombosis

  • Treatment

    For information on treatment, see: Deep venous thrombosis

  • Possible Complications

    Continued clotting can lead to increased swelling. The swelling can interfere with blood flow. This complication is called phlegmasia alba dolens. It causes the skin to turn white. Phlegmasia alba dolens may lead to tissue death (gangrene) and the need for amputation.

  • When to Contact a Medical Professional

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

Related Information

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References

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

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Review Date: 2/24/2014  

Reviewed By: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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