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Occaisional swelling, discoloration, & pain in right arm & hand? could it be dvt?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Seems unlikely.: Intermittent swelling is not characteristic of DVT since a clot would cause continuous swelling. Also upper extremity DVT is not as common as lower extremity DVT and usually is associated with an inciting event such as trauma, tumor, an IV or thoracic outlet syndrome. It would be very unlikely for your symptoms to be due to dvt. See a vein specialist for an exam.
Dr. Richard Sanders
Vascular Surgery 67 years experience
Possible TOS: The symptoms described are not enough to determine if the problem is arterial, venous, or neurologic compression of structures to the hand. This could be some type of thoracic outlet or pectoralis minor syndromes. Is there any numbness or tingling? How long have symptoms been present? It will take a more complete history and physical exam to determine the diagnosis.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Dvt: this could be symptoms of thoracic outlet -compression of the neurovacsular bundle under the collar bone See your md and get evaluated

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