Phlegmasia cerulea dolens is an uncommon, severe form of deep venous thrombosis (blood clots in the vein), usually in the upper leg.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Pain, swelling, and bluish-skin coloring affect the area below the blocked vein.
Signs and tests
For information on diagnosis, see: Deep venous thrombosis
For information on treatment, see: Deep venous thrombosis
Calling your health care provider
See immediate medical help if an arm or leg is severely swollen, blue, or painful.
Ginsberg J. Peripheral venous disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 81.