Phlebologie 2018; 47(06): 335-337
DOI: 10.12687/phleb2447-6-2018
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Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Superficial phlebitis and venous thrombosis of the upper extremity – trivial or not?

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A. L. Recke
1   Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie, UKSH Campus Lübeck
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B. Kahle
1   Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie, UKSH Campus Lübeck
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Publication History

Eingegangen: 24 August 2018

Angenommen: 24 August 2018

Publication Date:
03 January 2019 (online)

Summary

Background: In contrast to venous thromboembolism in the lower limbs, reports of thrombosis or phlebitis in the arm are rare.

Methods: A review of different data bases was performed using the following key words: venous thrombosis, upper extremity, venous catheter, pulmonary embolism, thoracic outlet, varicose veins in upper limbs, superficial phlebitis upper extremity/limb.

Results: Upper extremity thrombosis is often caused by catheters or in accordance to malignancies.

Conclusion: Upper extremity thrombosis is more frequent than supposed and should be examined using duplex ultrasound.