Hand and forearm lymphangitis due to a subungual abscess of the second finger
Classification and external resources
Specialty angiology
ICD-10 I89.1
ICD-9-CM 457.2
DiseasesDB 29093
MedlinePlus 007296
eMedicine ped/1336
MeSH D008205
For discussion of the condition in horses, see Equine Lymphangitis.

Lymphangitis is an inflammation or an infection of the lymphatic channels[1] that occurs as a result of infection at a site distal to the channel. The most common cause of lymphangitis in humans is Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A strep), although it can also be caused by the fungus Sporothrix schenckii.[2] Lymphangitis is sometimes mistakenly called "blood poisoning". In reality, "blood poisoning" is synonymous with sepsis.

Signs and symptoms include a deep reddening of the skin, warmth, lymphadenitis (inflammation of a lymphatic gland), and a raised border around the affected area. The person may also have chills and a high fever along with moderate pain and swelling. A person with lymphangitis should be hospitalized and closely monitored by medical professionals.[3]

Lymphangitis is the inflammation of the lymphatic vessels and channels. This is characterized by certain inflammatory conditions of the skin caused by bacterial infections. Thin red lines may be observed running along the course of the lymphatic vessels in the affected area, accompanied by painful enlargement of the nearby lymph nodes.

When the inferior limbs are affected, the redness of the skin runs over the great saphenous vein location and confusion can be made with a thrombophlebitis.

Chronic lymphangitis is a cutaneous condition that is the result of recurrent bouts of acute bacterial lymphangitis.[4]:261

See also


  1. "Lymphangitis" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. Sporothrix spp. Doctor Fungus
  3. Prentice, Arnheim's Principles of Athletic Training, 12th edition, pg. 988.
  4. James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
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