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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Superficial vein thrombosis

08/28/2008

Question:

I had a left basilar vein clot. There was no involvement of the axillary vein. Is it possible to have a DVT in a superficial vein? Is it possible that I had a superficial vein thrombosis?

Answer:

It is possible to have a blood clot in a superficial vein, which is what it sounds like you have. Usually this happens after a blood draw or an IV. No treatment other than warm compresses is usually needed.

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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