Phlebitis Causes

Phlebitis has many causes. Some of the common causes of phlebitis are:

  • Local trauma or injury to the vein
  • Travelling, such as, long driving or plane rides
  • Insertion of intravenous catheters (IV) in hospitals, or IV induced phlebitis
  • After surgery (post-operative period), especially orthopedic procedures
  • Prolonged immobility, as in hospitalized or bed-ridden patients
  • Varicose veins
  • Underlying cancers or clotting disorders
  • Disruption of normal venous system drainage because of removal of lymph nodes, for example, after mastectomy for breast cancer
  • intravenous drug use
  • Patients with burns
  • Use of oral contraceptive pills
  • Obesity
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Pregnancy