Septic Pulmonary Emboli From Peripheral Suppurative Thrombophlebitis: A Case Report and Literature Review

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  • Background: We report the case of a 90-year old woman who presented with septic pulmonary emboli due to suppurative thrombophlebitis at an old peripheral intravenous site. Methods: After unsuccessful treatment with antibiotics, the patient was taken to the operating room for excision and drainage of the purulent superficial vein. Results: We review the literature and discuss the presentation, risk factors, treatment options, and complications of this often-overlooked disease entity. Conclusions: Suppurative thrombophlebitis is a rare but morbid disease that requires a high level of clinical suspicion to diagnose.
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  • Ho VT; Rothenberg KA; McFarland G; Tran K; Aalami OO
  • Start Page

  • 633
  • End Page

  • 635
  • Volume

  • 52
  • Issue

  • 8