Superficial Venous Thrombophlebitis Following Electromyography

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Introduction: Superficial venous thrombophlebitis (SVT) may have potential morbidity as a consequence of extension to the deep venous system and subsequent pulmonary embolism. Report: A 72-year-old male with several varicose veins consulted because of right leg radicular pain. An electromyography was performed. After 24 hours the patient developed severe pain in the right calf with erythema on the medial aspect. A diagnosis of SVT was made. Discussion: The need for invasive studies, such as an electromyography, in patients with varicose veins should be carefully considered to minimise the possibility of this potential 'major' complication. © 2013 European Society for Vascular Surgery.




Delgado, M. G., & Costas, C. (2014). Superficial Venous Thrombophlebitis Following Electromyography. EJVES Extra, 27(2).

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