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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Overview)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling towards the lung-pulmonary embolism


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What is deep vein thrombosis? How can a clot kill you?

What is deep vein thrombosis? How can a clot kill you?

Blockage in a vein: Clot or "solid blood" occurs when proteins change within the liquid blood. It can occur in the venous and/or the arterial circulation. Arterial clots can cause death by blocking vital arteries in the heart and or brain. Venous clots can cause death when they are large enough and travel to the lungs, as a pulmonary embolus, blocking the blood flow through the lungs. ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
886 doctors shared insights

Deep Venous Thrombosis (Overview)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling towards the lung-pulmonary embolism


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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your legs, if possible
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Ask your doctor if you have a genetic disposition to deep vein thrombosis
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Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

Unlikely: There would have to be a grossly contaminated splinter with an aggressive invasive organism that could advance fast enough in someone who had not yet sought treatment to develop a necrotizing infection or gangrene, mandating amputation. ...Read more

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Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

Yes: Situational depression is common in patients recently diagnosed with life changing/threatening diseases such as renal failure or severe kidney disease. However please remember many patients continue with fulfilling lives while on dialysis. ...Read more

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What to do if you come upon a traumatic amputation in a car accident?

What to do if you come upon a traumatic amputation in a car accident?

Let me explain: The most important to do when face with traumatic amputation is to control the bleeding some way otherwise could bleed to death. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

My brother was diagnosed with phlebitis. Any tips or suggestions for him?

NSAID ancompression : While compression stockings and anti-inflammatory medication is first line therapy in treatment, a complete evaluation for risk factors and an ultrasound duplex should be performed to evaluate for proximity and or involvement of the deep veins. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the area you receive dialysis in gets physically hot?

What does it mean if the area you receive dialysis in gets physically hot?

Possible infection: The skin over an old dialysis graft or fistula should be be same temperature as the surrounding tissue. Redness, warmth are all signs of infection which is unfortunately common with av access. However, a recently placed graft may demonstrate inflamatory changes as the skin is reacting to the "foreign body". All of this should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Why is unna's boot not recommended for wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients?

Why is unna's boot not recommended for wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients?

Yes: Unna boots can cause a slight decrease in circulation due to their constricting nature when placed. When patients are bedridden and wheelchair bound, they may have a decrease in circulation which may be additive to the unna boot constriction and cause ischemia to the lower extremity. ...Read more

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Hard, painful lumpy veins 2 weeks after IV steriods. Hurt very badly when they administered the steroid & the had to change IV sites. Is that normal?

Hard, painful lumpy veins 2 weeks after IV steriods. Hurt very badly when they administered the steroid & the had to change IV sites. Is that normal?

Not normal: After removal of an IV catheter, the vein should seal itself. Occasionally it may thrombose or clot, this process can be uncomfortable and is called phlebitis when it occurs in a superficial vein. The concern is for possible infection and progression of clot to a deep vein. Please have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Its now 6weeks since I have dvt. At first the pain was unforgiving , but i'm back at work, question how long will it take me to walk with out a limp?

Its now 6weeks since I have dvt. At first the pain was unforgiving , but i'm back at work, question  how long will it take me to walk with out a limp?

Leg pain: The pain that comes after a DVT is typically post phlebitis syndrome. You will benefit from compression therapy and then compression stockings. See a specialist that has a special interest in venous insufficiency. ...Read more

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What the heck is peripheral vascular disease really?

What the heck is peripheral vascular disease really?

Narrow arteries: Peripheral vascular or peripheral arterial disease refers to a pathologic process where the arteries are weakened damaged or blocked. This is typically caused by plaque build up which is exacerbated by diet and smoking. ...Read more

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My mother has aortic stenosis. What is it in a nutshell?

My mother has aortic stenosis. What is it in a nutshell?

Small valve: The aortic valve opens when the heart contracts, allowing the blood to flow from the heart to the aorta which supplies the body. When aortic stenosis occurs, the aortic valve narrows, impeding the flow of blood put of the heart. If the patients develops any symptoms, surgical replacement is needed. ...Read more

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Would an abdominal ultrasound be able to tell if you had aneurysm?

Would an abdominal ultrasound be able to tell if you had aneurysm?

Yes: Ultrasound will detect its presence but catscan is needed to evaluate the anatomy better as to need for therapy and choice of treatment modalities, whether endovascular vs. Open repair, or no treatment at all but observation/follow-up. ...Read more

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Is leg amputation the only option for a bone infection?

Is leg amputation the only option for a bone infection?

It depends.: It depends on the extent of the infection; if the infection is into a joint; how good/bad is the circulation in the leg? Can the patient undergo perhaps several long surgeries. Is the patient diabetic. Does the patient walk now - if not they probably won't walk after surgery so why risk ur life with several surgeries for a leg u don't really use. This issue is 2 complicated to answer in 400 words. ...Read more

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Can a person get long-term nausea from a leg amputation?

Can a person get long-term nausea from a leg amputation?

No: Unless there is an ongoing issue with the amputation site (infection most likely) nausea is not related to it. Even with active issues nausea would be very rare. ...Read more

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If I sit for hours every day working, can my varicose veins get worse?

If I sit for hours every day working, can my varicose veins get worse?

No: Sitting in and of itself does not lead to venous insufficiency and subsequent varicose veins. Prolonged immobility may lead to venous stasis and formation of thrombus, which can damage vein valves. Unmoving for long periods such 8 hours without standing or moving the calf muscle, and additional risks such as obesity might be present to truly increase risk. Best to get up and walk around. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Can you feel them blowing out?

What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Can you feel them blowing out?

Swelling, pain: Varicose veins may be painless, depending on their size and chonicity. If they thrombose they are typically painful and swollen. Early on they may itch and burn, and cause the sensation of fatigue and heaviness. Later they may bleed externally and untreated may lead to inflammatory changes that result in color changes and scarring of the skin and ulceration. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Venous Stasis (Definition)

Venous stasis is the backup of venous blood flow due to malfunctioning(refluxing) of the venous valves. These valves occur in the superficial , perforator and deep venous systems. When these valves malfunction, the back pressure builds up in the veins leading to venous hypertension and symptoms of leg heaviness, cramping or tiredness. Signs of venous stasis would be ...Read more


Dr. Mark Pack
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Cerebral Thrombosis (Definition)

The brain, being supplied by a by a network of arteries is susceptible to bood clots just like every other organ in the body...The severity of the problem is related to the vessel iteslf and the area it supplies...As importantly, the duration of the episode , if less than 24 hours or greater determines treatment...Less than 24 hours of symptoms is classified as a ...Read more