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Inflammation at IV Insertion Site after Hysterectomy

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Woman in hospital bed with IV dripI have a lump in my vein where the IV was inserted. What is it?


Inflammation (phlebitis) occurs quite commonly after the insertion of intravenous catheters. Whether a patient is affected or not can depend on many things: the site of insertion, how long the catheter stays in, the type of material, the length of the catheter, and other contributory factors such as medical conditions.

In simple phlebitis, the inflammation causes localized redness and warmth at the insertion site. Mostly, phlebitis is no more than a minor inconvenience.

Thrombophlebitis is similar to phlebitis but a thrombus (or clot) is also involved. You may notice a hardened area where a clot has formed in the vein. This kind of small clot rarely has the same potentially life-threatening consequences as blood clots in the deeper and larger veins in the body, and is not usually associated with infection. You should, however, always seek a medical opinion.

Treatment of phlebitis and thrombophlebitis commonly includes anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen, analgesia for discomfort, or localized heat.

If the condition worsens—especially with pain—or the area of redness increases, seek medical attention immediately.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

02-29-2008 - 04:30 PM


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