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Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


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I was hit with a hardball on my arm 4 months ago and then my arm turned black blue and red from elbow to shoulder now i feel like I have 2 blood clots?

I was hit with a hardball on my arm 4 months ago and then my arm turned black blue and red from elbow to shoulder now i feel like I have 2 blood clots?

Trauma: The bruising and ecchymosis is normal after trauma, some swelling could be normal or could be internal bleeding (hematoma). A blood clot (thrombosis) is rare after direct trauma but is possible if a vein or artery was directly injured. The only way to get a diagnosis is to see a physician and possibly get a ultrasound of this arm. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Would I probably know if I had a PE/blood clot?Getting pains by back of ribs/shoulder very brief.no dyspnea I just feel really anxious. I have GERD to

Would I probably know if I had a PE/blood clot?Getting pains by back of ribs/shoulder very brief.no dyspnea I just feel really anxious. I have GERD to

PE can be silent: PE can be silent. However, pain your shoulder is probably due to some other cause that would require examination in person to evaluate. ...Read more

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I have a hard vein going from my arm pit to my shoulder & my shoulder is a little sore in the same area. Is this a blood clot? Should I be worried?

I have a hard vein going from my arm pit to my shoulder & my shoulder is a little sore in the same area. Is this a blood clot? Should I be worried?

Could be: depending on exact location. Only way to know for sure is with careful exam and imaging tests if necessary. Anticoagulants might be advisable, so see a doctor for specific adivce. ...Read more

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I have had injections for my shoulder MRI said type lll slap lesion had blood clots I take xarelto for it can I take it with surgery?

I have had injections for my shoulder MRI said type lll slap lesion had blood clots I take xarelto  for it can I take it with surgery?

Intra-operative blee: Having an elective arthroscopic procedure, one should not bee on Xarelto for about a week. Medically, one must check with prescribing physician to see if one can be taken off med for this time period. ...Read more

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Intermittent mild localized left bicep pain. Dizziness. No swelling/warmth. Blood clot or nerve? I also have left peck and shoulder/blade pain.

Intermittent mild localized left bicep pain. Dizziness. No swelling/warmth. Blood clot or nerve? I also have left peck and shoulder/blade pain.

? Cervical Radiculop: Athy. One can see dizziness and radiating pain into the upper shoulder, biceps or radial side of the forearm. The pectoralis muscle receives innervation for most all cervical nerve roots and by your description the most likely level would be c5-6. You should see your doctor for a full exam. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a blood test cause you to have a DVT blood clot in your arm? I had a blood test yesterday and now have a sore left arm and shoulder area. Worry.

Can a blood test cause you to have a DVT blood clot in your arm?  I had a blood test yesterday and now have a sore left arm and shoulder area.  Worry.

No: Likely your blood was obtained from a superficial vein which would not give you a DVT. The pain may be for some other reason. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in lung, shoulder cramp on the same side, light headed. What are the chances of a blood clot in the lung? Grandma had one years ago.

Sharp pain in lung, shoulder cramp on the same side, light headed. What are the chances of a blood clot in the lung? Grandma had one years ago.

Hard to say: The most common symptoms seen with pulmonary embolism (lung blood clot) are shortness of breath, cough, some chest pain, sometimes coughing up of blood, elevated temperature above 100.4, and sometimes swelling and pain in one of the lower legs. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, go to the ER immediately for workup. You are very young to have this, but it can happen, albeit rarely. ...Read more

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