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J Emerg Med. 2015 Oct;49(4):e111-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.05.037. Epub 2015 Aug 1.

Phlegmasia Cerulea Dolens in the Pediatric Population: A Life-threatening Condition.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Emergency Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Houston, Texas.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Phlegmasia cerulea dolens is a rare complication of deep venous thromboembolism that can have life-threatening consequences. It is more commonly reported in the adult population, and rarely in the pediatric population, especially in a healthy child.

CASE REPORT:

We report a case of a healthy 7-year-old girl who presented with right leg pain and fever, found to have a thrombus involving her inferior vena cava and right lower extremity. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: This case illustrates the importance of early recognition and a multimodal approach to treatment of phlegmasia cerulea dolens.

KEYWORDS:

pediatric; phlegmasia cerulea dolens; venous thromboembolism

PMID:
26242924
DOI:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.05.037
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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