Milk leg syndrome, also known as Phlegmasia alba dolens, is a disease affecting the veins.  The hallmark of the disease is a formation of deep vein thrombosis, which ultimately results in a complete occlusion of the vessel.  Once a deep vein is completely occluded, the circulation is shifted to the superficial vessels, at which point the condition is termed Phlegmasia alba dolens.

Milk Leg Syndrome Symptoms:

  • Lower extremity swelling
  • Edema
  • Pain
  • Extremity color white
  • Gangrene

Phlegmasia alba dolens is also known as Milk Leg Syndrome, because in the past it was hypothesized that the condition is caused by milk entering the circulation.  Phelgmasia alba dolens means “painful white edema”

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Related terms

  • Phelgmasia cerulea dolens
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • White leg
  • Ischemia
  • Gangrene

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