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    Phlegmasia cerulea dolens

    Phlegmasia cerulea dolens is an uncommon, severe form of deep venous thrombosis (blood clots in the vein), usually in the upper leg.

    Causes

    Symptoms

    Pain, swelling, and bluish-skin coloring affect the area below the blocked vein.

    Exams and Tests

    For information on diagnosis, see: Deep venous thrombosis

    Treatment

    For information on treatment, see: Deep venous thrombosis

    Possible Complications

    When to Contact a Medical Professional

    See immediate medical help if an arm or leg is severely swollen, blue, or painful.

    References

    Ginsberg J. Peripheral venous disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 81.

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