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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Hardened vein in wrist

07/09/2007

Question:

Hello, my son had his wisdom teeth removed a couple of weeks ago. The vein in his wrist (from an IV) is now hard. Is this to be expected? Thanks.

Answer:

It’s not likely anything to worry about. Most likely it is a small, superficial clot in the vein where the IV was. If it causes any discomfort, you can just apply a warm wash cloth periodically and that will help it go away on its own. More than likely it is not causing him any problems, and it should go away gradually.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University