Phlebitis

What Causes Phlebitis Or Thrombophlebitis?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of phlebitis or thrombophlebitis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow phlebitis or thrombophlebitis to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind phlebitis or thrombophlebitis consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to phlebitis or thrombophlebitis.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Cigarette Smoke Damage
  • Vasectomy Side-Effects

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
recent moderate tobacco smoking
having had a vasectomy
smoking under 2 cigarettes per day
history of adult allergies
much reduced sense of smell
recently quitting smoking
secondhand smoke exposure
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of phlebitis or thrombophlebitis:
Cause Probability Status
Cigarette Smoke Damage 99% Confirm
Vasectomy Side-Effects 60% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate pre-existing cardiovascular problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you been diagnosed with Phlebitis or Thrombophlebitis? This is inflammation of a vein, usually in the leg(s), sometimes caused by a blood clot.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, I do not have this condition
→ Yes, but in the past only - not a current problem
→ Yes, superficial phlebitis
→ Yes, deep vein - thrombophlebitis
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of phlebitis, history of phlebitis, having phlebitis or having thrombophlebitis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Cigarette Smoke Damage

Smoking increases the risk of phlebitis.

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