Is A Phlebolith Dangerous?

A phlebolith is, simply, a small calcification within a vein.

They are particularly common in the veins of the pelvis, and they are almost always benign and not caused by any serious medical condition. Rarely, the phlebolith may be associated with an underlying tumor, and this may be what your doctor means when she says that she wants to do more tests to rule this out. Also phleboliths are usually within the pelvis, not outside where you could find them yourself (they are usually picked up on a CT scan of the pelvis).

So it would be important to consider other causes of lumps in the pelvic area other than phleboliths. By far the most common lump that you could find yourself would be an enlarged lymph node. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular concerns will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit to discuss your questions with your primary care doctor is advised.

In a word, most of them are benign, but you should take necessary tests to confirm it.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.