eMedicine2|med|3201 | MeshID = D010689
Phlebitis is an
inflammationof a vein, usually in the legs.
When phlebitis is associated with the formation of
bloodclots ( thrombosis), usually in the deep veins of the legs, the condition is called thrombophlebitis.
*Bacterial: Pathogenic organisms can gain access and stimulate inflammation.
*Chemical: caused by irritating or
*Mechanical: physical trauma from the skin puncture and movement of the
cannulainto the vein during insertion; any subsequent manipulation and movement of the cannula; clotting; or excessively large cannula.
Medications including Celebrex, Olanzepine, antidepressants, and others.
*Genetic as it is known to run in families.
igns and Symptoms
* Redness (
erythema) and warmth with a temperature elevation of a degree or more above the baseline
* Pain or burning along the length of the vein
* Swelling (
* Vein being hard, and cordlike
* If occurring due to an intravenous infusion line, then slowed infusion rate
United StatesPresident Richard Nixonand former Vice President Dan Quaylesuffered from phlebitis.
Truman Capote, famed author of "In Cold Blood" and many other works, suffered from phlebitis. Pablo Neruda, the famous poet, also suffered from it.
* During the shooting of Sense and Sensibility (1995), actress
Kate Winslet, who played the role of Marianne Dashwood, suffered from phlebitis.
Mario Lanzasuffered from phlebitis, and his cause of death in 1959 was from a blood clot going from his leg to his lungs.
Orson Wellesalso suffered from chronic phlebitis and it may have contributed to his death in 1985, as it is listed on his death certificate. [http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/w/orson/dc.jpg]
* The condition was detailed in "
The Dharma Bums" and other writings by Beat author Jack Kerouac, who suffered from the diseaseprobably brought on by years of benzedrineand alcoholabuse.
Henry Morton Robinson's best selling 1949novel " The Cardinal", (later made into a motion picture by Otto Preminger), a severe case of phlebitis is a prominent plot device as sustained by the main protagonist Stephen Fermoyle.
* In the
Seinfeldepisode The Shower HeadJerry's Mother tells Jerry that Morty's "Phlebitis is acting up."
The Simpsonsepisode Bart Gets an F, the school nurse believes Bart has phlebitis.
All in the Familyepisode "Too Good Edith", Edith has phlebitis.
Peter Boyle's character on Everybody Loves Raymondsuffers from phlebitis. Or at least it is used as an excuse for getting out of undesirable family functions.
King Of The Hill, when Mr. Strickland took bible study class in the pool with Luanne, Hank noted that it was "good for his phlebitis".
* In the M*A*S*H episode "The Young and the Restless",
Colonel Pottersuffers through a bout of phlebitis, aggravated by his initial refusal to acknowledge his condition.
Futurama, Richard Nixon's head reminisces about his "Good Republican body" that was "riddled with phlebitis."
Intravenous Infusion Therapy for Nurses (Second Edition) by Dianne L. Josephson (ISBN 1-4018-0935-9)
* [http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/62/73.cfm Phlebitis at MotherNature.com]
* [http://www.emedicinehealth.com/articles/11161-1.asp eMedicine Health: Phlebitis] provides an overview of phlebitis and its causes, symptoms, and treatment.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Phlebitis — Phle*bi tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, ?, a vein + itis.] (Med.) Inflammation of a vein. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Phlebītis — (griech.), Entzündung der Venen … Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon
phlebitis — (n.) 1822, Modern Latin, from Gk. phleps (gen. phlebos) vein + ITIS (Cf. itis) inflammation … Etymology dictionary
phlebitis — ► NOUN Medicine ▪ inflammation of the walls of a vein. ORIGIN from Greek phleps vein … English terms dictionary
phlebitis — [flə bīt′is] n. [ModL: see PHLEBO & ITIS] inflammation of a vein or veins phlebitic [flēbit′ik, flibit′ik] adj … English World dictionary
Phlebitis — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 I80 Thrombose, Phlebitis und Thrombophlebitis I82.1 Thrombophlebitis migrans O08.7 … Deutsch Wikipedia
phlebitis — phlebitic /fleuh bit ik/, adj. /fleuh buy tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of a vein, often occurring in the legs and involving the formation of a thrombus, characterized by swelling, pain, and change of skin color. [1815 25; < NL; see PHLEB , ITIS] … Universalium
Phlebitis — Inflammation of a vein. With phlebitis, there is infiltration of the walls of the vein and, usually, the formation of a clot (thrombus) in the vein (thrombophlebitis). Phlebitis in a leg, for example, will cause the leg to swell with edema fluid… … Medical dictionary
phlebitis — n. inflammation of the wall of a vein, which is most commonly seen in the legs as a complication of varicose veins. A segment of vein becomes painful and tender and the surrounding skin feels hot and appears red. Thrombosis commonly develops (see … The new mediacal dictionary
Phlebitis — Venenentzündung * * * Phle|bi|tis 〈f.; , ti|den〉 = Venenentzündung [zu grch. phleps, Gen. phlebos „Blutader“] * * * Phlebitis die, /... tiden, die Venenentzündung. * * * Phle|bi|tis, die; , ...itiden (Med.): Venenentzündung … Universal-Lexikon