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The right lower leg of this hospital patient had become swollen, and erythematous around the ankle region due to a condition known as thrombophlebitis, an inflammatory process involving the venous vessels, which become obstructed due to the formation of blood clots, or thrombi.
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Body positioning that prevents the flow of blood away from the lower extremities, such as sitting for a prolonged time period, especially when ones tendency to form clots is also a factor, can exacerbate thrombophlebitis. Other factors that facilitate this pathophysiology include high estrogen levels, i.e., during pregnancy, hereditary disorders protein S deficiency, protein C deficiency, or factor V Leiden thrombophilia.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Emory Univ.; Dr. Sellers
Creation Date:1964
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