Overview of Superficial Thrombophlebitis Of The Breast
Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs when there is an obstruction and inflammation of the superficial venous system. Although this is encountered frequently and can cause significant incapacitation, it is usually a self-limiting disease. The disorder can recur and persist. The veins affect the breast or chest wall can become involved. These may occasionally be associated with other diseases or with adjacent vascular abnormalities affecting the neck or arm.
Causes of Superficial Thrombophlebitis Of The Breast
Superficial thrombophlebitis is an inflammatory reaction It involves a vein underneath the skin. It also produces thrombosis or blockage of the vein. This condition is frequently associated with damage to the lining of the vein. This can occur from trauma, infection, or inflammation. Retarded blood flow, or stasis, or changes in the blood constituents, can also produce superficial thrombophlebitis. Superficial thrombophlebitis usually occurs in the lower extremities. It has been described in the penis and the breast (Mondor's disease). Superficial thrombophlebitis may also occur an anywhere medical interventions occur,from intravenous catheters. The cause is unknown, but a search for malignancy is frequently required.
Signs and Symptoms of Superficial Thrombophlebitis Of The Breast
Every type of superficial thrombophlebitis is associated with redness and tenderness along the course of a vein,. It is usually accompanied by swelling. Thrombophlebitis of the superficial veins of the breast and the anterior chest wall, Mondor disease, is a rare condition. The thrombophlebitis usually is located in the anterolateral aspect of the upper portion of the breast or in the region extending from the lower portion of the breast across the submammary fold toward the costal margin and the epigastrium. A varcharacteristic finding is a tender cordlike structure that may be demonstrated best by tensing the skin by elevating the arm.
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