The outcome in any case of thrombophlebitis is unpredictable, but fortunately a vast majority of the cases can be controlled with proper management. Even if the phlebitis is localized in a small area, that patient should have maximum therapy because the tendency to develop complications and sequelae exists and further developments of the pathological process are unpredictable. Prompt and thorough treatment in these cases may bring about a more rapid favorable control and lessen the tendency for the condition to spread and recur, and has a definite influence on curtailing the incidence of the postphlebitic syndrome. Hospitalization is recommended for all patients with thrombophlebitis, those with the mild as well as the more severe forms. Subsequent care of phlebitis is an important aspect of the general management in order to avoid recurrences as well as to prevent the postphlebitic syndrome.
Kramer DW, de Medeiros A. MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF THROMBOPHLEBITIS AND POSTPHLEBITIC SYNDROME: SURVEY OF FOUR HUNDRED TREATED CASES FROM A SERIES OF SEVEN HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE CONSECUTIVE CASES OF PHLEBITIS. JAMA. 1957;165(7):767–773. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980250001001
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