Post-thrombotic syndrome (also called postphlebitic syndrome) is a complication of a blood clot that forms in a deep vein. Post-thrombotic syndrome occurs because of damage to the vein caused by the blood clot (thrombosis).
Post-thrombotic syndrome can be a long-term problem that lasts for years. It can cause sores that are painful and hard to treat.
The symptoms include:
- Pain, discomfort, swelling, or itching.
- Slow-healing sores.
- Brownish discoloration of the skin.
- Fragile skin on the area, which bruises easily. The skin may be dry and may peel.
Compression stockings may be used to reduce swelling and relieve symptoms.
Current as of: July 6, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Jeffrey S. Ginsberg MD - Hematology & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine