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A 23-year-old female asked:

i have an ache behind me knee and i have just noticed a small bluish lump on my shin. otherwise, there is noswelling or discoloration of leg. couls it be dvt?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
By definition...: ...Dvt is deep venous thrombosis. A visible bluish mark or lump is right under the skin, so it is not deep.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Unlikely: Swelling would be likely if popliteal dvt surface bruise is not DVT -deep vein thrombus. Most deep veins are posterior and deep -not anterior on shin.
Dr. Diego Hernandez
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
Superficial clot?: This might be a superficial thrombophlebitis, which in essence is a clot, but not a dangerous one. Bluish discoloration, a thickened vein that might be tender, localized swelling and tenderness are usually seen with these clots; warm compresses to the area, elevation and anti-inflammatory medications help; if not better in 2-3 days, seek medical advice.

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