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.

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

Continued clotting can lead to increased swelling. The swelling can interfere with blood flow. This complication is called phlegmasia alba dolens. It may lead to tissue death (gangrene) and the need for amputation.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

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

Alternative Names

Phlegmasia alba dolens