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Question : What is a pelvic phlebolith?
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Howard LeWine, M.D., is chief editor of Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications. He is a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. LeWine has been a primary care internist and teacher of internal medicine since 1978.

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A phlebolith is doctor speak for a calcium deposit inside a blood vessel.

Phleboliths tend to occur most often in one of the veins in the pelvis. These deposits are quite common, but they don't cause symptoms. You wouldn't know you had one unless it appeared on an x-ray, ultrasound, CT scan or MRI.

Pelvic phleboliths are usually small and round. The deposit may sit inside a vein that is very close to one of the ureters, the tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the bladder. On a plain x-ray, a phlebolith sometimes can look like a kidney stone.

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