phlebitis(redirected from adhesive phlebitis)
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an inflammation of a venous wall caused by an infection or by the introduction of an irritating agent into the vein (aseptic phlebitis). Thrombophlebitis results from the additional presence of thrombosis. Phlebitis occurs most commonly in the veins of the pelvis and in the superficial and deep veins of the extremities. Phlebitis of the portal vein, or pylephlebitis, is usually a complication of an inflammatory or purulent process in the abdominal cavity. Phlebitis may result in sclerosis of the vein. In the treatment of varicose veins aseptic phlebitis is sometimes induced artificially by injecting an irritant into the lumen of a vein for the purpose of obliterating the lumen.