A 39-year-old female asked:
What causes foot, ankle and lower leg swelling after vaginal birth? Received epidural. No swelling during pregnancy.
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Dr. Joseph Pena answered
24 years experience in Fertility Medicine
If unilateral - DVT?: While it is common to have swollen lower extremities postpartum as fluid shifts occur after delivery, this is usually bilateral. If the swelling is unilateral and/or accompanied by pain, would recommend seeking evaluation to confirm not a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity, which has potential serious medical complications (e.g. Pulmonary embolus).
Answered on Apr 23, 2016
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