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Con­di­tion: throm­bophlebitis Def­i­ni­tion: in­flam­ma­tion of the vein wall Causes: Usu­ally re­sults from a kick or bite, in­jec­tion, in­ser­tion of a catheter or other trauma to a vein. The trauma may also trig­ger the re­lease of clotting fac­tors, lead­ing to the for­ma­tion of a clot within the vein lu­men (in­te­rior). Signs: dis­crete swelling fol­low­ing the con­tour of a vein; if a clot de­vel­ops a lump will be no­tice­able, which may be painful to touch. Treat­ment: non­s­teroidal an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory drugs, hot com­presses. In ad­di­tion, an an­ti­co­ag­u­lant, such as hep­arin, may be ad­min­is­tered to pre­vent clotting or re­duce the size of a clot.

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