A female asked:
Could this be a blood clot in my calf? i feel a hard knot on my upper right calf (inner calf). it seems to be near a vein. could it be a clot? if so, how fast do clots travel? i just discovered it last night and took aspirin. there was a bruise in that a
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Dr. Sudhir Khemkaanswered
Anesthesiology 27 years experience
I : I recommend that you should go to your primary care physician so that he can check it and refer for possible doppler ultrasound to rule out the clot if necessary. Clot usually dont present as a knot, it may present as pain, redness , swelling in calf(common in calf but can be any part of lower extremity).Knot can be caused by many other reasons also like injury. But to be on safe side please consult your physician.Thanks.
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Dr. Stephen Christensenanswered
Family Medicine 37 years experience
If : If you had a bruise in this area a week or so ago, you may just be feeling the induration (hardness) caused by the inflammatory response to blood in the soft tissue of your leg. This can take several weeks to finally resolve (warm packs may hasten healing). Even if this is a clot, it probably doesn't represent any particular health hazard. Superficial clots -- the ones you can feel beneath the skin of your leg -- aren't usually dangerous. The clots that can send fragments into your circulation, and thence to your lungs, are those located in the deep veins of your leg (hence the term "deep vein thrombosis"). Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, or dvt, can be pretty vague: swelling or a sense of fullness in the leg, aching, or redness may be the only signs of a dvt, and many times not even these signs and symptoms are present. Once a DVT forms, there's no way to accurately predict whether you'll have a pulmonary embolism (lung clot), although clots that extend above the knee tend to fragment and embolize more often than those below the knee. If you did have a pulmonary embolism, it could affect your heart rhythm, but other symptoms could also occur: shortness of breath, anxiety, chest pain, dizziness, passing out, or even cardiac arrest and death. I've attached a couple of links that might be of interest to you. Again, the lump you feel in your leg is probably not dangerous, but see your doctor if you have any concerns. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/deep-vein-thrombosis/ds01005 http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/pulmonary-embolism/ds00429.
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A Verified Doctoranswered
42 years experience
Could be an SVT: The likelihood of having a DVT that you can feel in your calf isn't very high. It could possibly be a superficial venous thrombosis though. Although there is essentially no concern about an svt traveling, they can extend into the deep system and that is the worry about the occurrence of an svt. I would get it checked out. The only way to know for sure what you have if to have an ultrasound.
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Last updated Dec 8, 2020
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