phlegmasia alba dolens


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phlegmasia

 [fleg-ma´zhah]
old term for inflammation.
phlegmasia al´ba do´lens phlebitis of the femoral vein, with swelling of the lower limb, usually without redness, a condition that sometimes follows childbirth or an acute febrile illness. Called also milk leg.
phlegmasia ceru´lea do´lens an acute fulminating form of deep venous thrombosis, with pronounced edema and severe cyanosis of the limb.
Extensive deep vein or iliofemoral thrombosis due to stasis of uterine blood, accompanied by painful swelling and pallor of the entire leg, a condition once common in parturition—hence, ‘milk leg’—more often seen in recent abdominal or pelvic surgery; with progression, veins become thrombosed, blood can’t return to heart, leg becomes cool, painful—cyanotic phlegmasia (cerulea dolens)—painful blue leg