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A 36-year-old female asked:

Diag. w non occlusive dvt behind knee. once treated, can i get them again? taking xarelto, will i have to take it indefinitely? no history of dvts.

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Dr. Eric Stein
Interventional Radiology 48 years experience
Can recur.: Dvt is usually not recurrent. Blood tests can be done to see if you have a "clotting disorder" which predisposes you to make clot. If so, you may need to be on "blood-thinners" for life. Risk of DVT is elevated in smokers and women on the pill.
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 49 years experience
DVT: If this is your first episode of DVT and if you do not have a potential to form clots then you should not need to take xarelto indefinitely. Usually popliteal DVT is treated for about 6 months. There is always a risk for recurrent DVT. Once off the xarelto it would be wise to have an evaluation for your propensity to form clots. This is done through blood tests.
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Last updated Feb 25, 2018

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