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can an ultrasound miss a dvt

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Dowd
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes but uncommon: No test is perfect, and so the answer is yes it could miss a dvt. However this is not common, and sometimes if it is missed it means it is a small cl ... Read More
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Yes..absolutely: This test is a good screening test for those being suspected of having a dvt, but it is not 100%. The location, the size of the dvt, and much dependen ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience Interventional Radiology
Sometimes: If symptoms persist get repeat ultrasound in 7 to 10 days.

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Unlikely: That would be highly unlikely.
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
35 years experience Internal Medicine
DVT: It woulld be very unusual for 3 us to miss dvt. Venous us is quite sensitive and specific for diagnosis of both DVT and superficial thrombosis. Why ... Read More
Dr. Albert Johary
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Very unlikely: Ultrasounds of the lower extremity are fairly sensitive in picking up dvt's. It is highly unlikely that one would have a DVT that is not showing up a ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Very Very Unlikely: You have had two ultrasound exams and 2 d dimers and oth negative.I think DVT has been ruled out not ince but twicethere may be some other cause of yo ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
23 years experience Pediatrics
Probably not: DVT symptoms include calf pain, unilateral swelling, redness, warmth and a heavy achy feeling. Ultrasound is the most common diagnostic tool, but the ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ihtishaam Qazi
8 years experience Internal Medicine
Ultrasound for DVT: Ultrasound for lower extremity DVT's have great sensitivity and specificity meaning they are very good at picking up a DVT. There is a 2% chance of so ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Possible: thrombophlebitis= inflammation of a deep vein in your leg. A venous doppler ( ultrasound ) is very diagnostic of dvt. I suggest a repeat exam and a s ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
50 years experience General Practice
Doubt it: You had necessary tests to rule out DVT. Fluttering of leg could be due to electrolyte imbalance . So , to check your blood chemistry including electr ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
8 years experience Internal Medicine
DVT: If a DVT is not treated it can be life-threatening. You can do a test called the d dimer to help rule out a DVT. You should see a doctor in person and ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
DVT: Yes, sometimes ultrasound can measure the clot. At times ultrasound will not be able to completely measure the extent of the clot because the entiret ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
Ultrasound can miss: A venous doppler ultrasound is good test for finding a dvt. However it is possible that it can miss a small or incomplete dvt. This is not an uncommon ... Read More

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