Category Archives: Superficial Vein Thrombosis


This is an abbreviation for Superficial Vein Thrombosis. It encompasses thrombosis of superficial veins, like varicose veins, as well as thrombosis of intermediate veins like the saphenous veins. Apart from causing leg swelling or the inconvenience of a localised phlebitis, the significance of SVT is that it may be associated with a concurrent unsuspected DVT. Patients with… Read More »


Phlebitis is characterised as a localised inflammation of a varicose vein when the flowing blood within this vein has thrombosed. It is clinically apparent as a hard indurated cord, tender to touch, with evidence of surrounding inflammation. It is part of the condition of superficial vein thrombosis. Duplex ultrasound is mandatory to screen for a concurrent… Read More »