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Hard, painful, swollen area, getting warmer. IV removed. Low HgB levels. Blood clot?

I had an iv removed yesterday, and today there is a hard, painful, and swollen area (about the size of a large grape). The area is approx 1 above the actual insertion site and is progressively getting warmer. Should I be concerned about a blood clot since I was in for an HgB of 4.1 and had to receive 4 units of whole blood and iv iron?
Asked On : Tue, 6 Nov 2012
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Hi friend
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It is probably extravasation - oozing of a little blood outside the vein. It gets organised and will be absorbed over time.
There is also possibility of thrombophlebitis - inflammation of the vein - from the cannula, medicine and so on. It also generally clears, when the cannula is removed. Rarely the thrombosis may become worse - see you doctor, if there is any change or worsening.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Tue, 6 Nov 2012
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