An uncommon, severe form of Deep venous thrombosis (clots in the vein), usually in the upper leg.
Below the blocked vein, phlegmasia cerulea dolens produces swelling, bluish color, and pain.
Signs and tests
Progression of the clotting process in the vein may lead to increased swelling. This can cause a global compromise of the circulation in the limb, affecting both the arteries and the veins. This complication is called phlegmasia alba dolens and may lead to gangrene, requiring amputation.
Calling your health care provider
See your health care provider, call the local emergency number (such as 911), or get to an emergency room immediately if an arm or leg is seriously swollen, blue, and painful.
by Sharon M. Smith, M.D.
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