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A 39-year-old member asked:

deep vein thrombosis ever seen in anyone under age 20y?

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Dr. Kevin Carson
Interventional Radiology 30 years experience
DVT: Yes. However a work up for an underlying medical issues may be necessary.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology 38 years experience
Yes: Dvt can affect any age although it is more common as one gets older. Young patients can develop DVT in situations where they are immobilized, bedridden, in cast, etc. Or if they have clotting abnormalities making them prone to deep venous thrombosis.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Venous Thrombosis: Deep venous thrombosis can occur at any age. If a young patient under 20 had DVT, consider workup for hypercoagulable / hematologic disorder. Also predisposing factors could be congenital venous abnormality, varicose veins, trauma, certain medications, or prolonged immobility. If suspect then check venous ultrasound or D-dimer. Consult with a board-certified vascular specialist as well.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the sign and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis and how do I know if i'm at risk?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Pain in calf: The most common symptoms of a blood clot in pregnancy are swelling, pain, skin color changes and warmth in one leg. Pregnant women are at higher risk for a dvt. Smoking, obesity, recent surgery and family history are other risk factors. Some people are carriers of certain genes that can increase risk of DVT as well.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is deep vein thrombosis?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
A blood clot: A DVT is a blood clot ( thrombus) which has formed in the deep vein of usually the leg. It may involve the lower, upper or entire leg. Less frequently it involves the upper extremity. The other kind of clotting is superficial phlebitis which occurs in the veins just under the skin. If either is suspected one should seek immediate medical attention.
Dr. Ted King
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It used to be felt that superficial phlebitis (SVT) was essentially a benign condition that was a painful nuisance. We now know that SVT can be associated with deep vein thrombosis about 25% of the time. If you have an SVT, it is important to get medical attention, as the others have said.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

At what age is deep vein thrombosis more likely?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Depends: Blood clots may occur at any age. The risk of having a blood clot may increase with age , certain medical conditions or even some medications. Genetics factors and family history of clotting disorders may also play a role in the development of clots. Surgery, pregnancy, obesity, unhealthy lifestyles or prolonged immobilization may also place a patient at risk.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not necessarily: Dvt is a dangerous condition and if left untreated, or ignored may lead to other complications like pulmonary embolisms or blood clots in the lung . Fortunately, there are excellent treatments available. If patient takes the prescribed medications and had t labwork as directed , most will bake a full recovery.
A 51-year-old member asked:

I hate taking medicine. What can I do to treat deep vein thrombosis?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Take the medicine: Assuming this is a correct diagnosis, untreated DVT can be serious, and can lead to pulmonary emboli ("pe"), or chronic venous stasis, both of which can be debilitating, if not downright deadly (pe). If you hate taking medicine, its best to prevent long term disease by treating acute problems in the short term, even if it means taking medicine.

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