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Can an ultrasound miss a dvt?

Can an ultrasound miss a dvt?

Yes..absolutely: This test is a good screening test for those being suspected of having a dvt, but it is not 100%. The location, the size of the dvt, and much dependence on the experty/skill of the tech performing the procedure. It is indeed a convenient/easy to do test. A venogram is the gold-standard, but it is a more involved test and requires a dye as well as exposure to radiation..I hope u r ok... Good luck.. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Would 3 ultrasounds of the leg miss a dvt?

Would 3 ultrasounds of the leg miss a dvt?

DVT: It woulld be very unusual for 3 us to miss dvt. Venous us is quite sensitive and specific for diagnosis of both DVT and superficial thrombosis. Why do you need to repeat three us of leg. Do you have any symtoms such as leg swelling/pain? Hopely radiologist agrees with me. I haven't seen any. ...Read more

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2 d-dimers & ultrasounds in 1 week both say negative for dvt. But still have pain and worried I have DVT and they missed it. Should i worry?

2 d-dimers & ultrasounds in 1 week both say negative for dvt. But still have pain and worried I have DVT and they missed it. Should i worry?

Very Very Unlikely: You have had two ultrasound exams and 2 d dimers and oth negative.I think DVT has been ruled out not ince but twicethere may be some other cause of your leg pain.Discuss with your doctor and follow with his/her advice dvt will not be missed on two tests. It is highly likely that your leg pain is from dvt. ...Read more

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Could an ultrasound scan miss a DVT as iam at high risk of a DVT and is 422 high for a d dimer test?

Could an ultrasound scan miss a DVT as iam at high risk of a DVT and is 422 high for a d dimer test?

Ultrasound for DVT: Ultrasound for lower extremity DVT's have great sensitivity and specificity meaning they are very good at picking up a DVT. There is a 2% chance of somebody having a negative scan and having one found 1 week later according to studies, although repeating it is often done if there is strong suspicion. D-dimer values are not universal so that may be high but values can be high in a lot of disease. ...Read more

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pain in center of right calf hurts worse when standing walking, pain getting worse, ultrasound shows no clot, his of dvt. Can ultrasound miss a clot?

 pain in center of right calf hurts worse when standing walking, pain getting worse, ultrasound shows no clot, his of dvt. Can ultrasound miss a clot?

Possible: thrombophlebitis= inflammation of a deep vein in your leg. A venous doppler ( ultrasound ) is very diagnostic of dvt. I suggest a repeat exam and a second opinion bases on your current symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a possible dvt, have had an ultrasound, it did not show, has anyone experienced this?

What to do if I have a possible dvt, have had an ultrasound, it did not show, has anyone experienced this?

Ultrasound can miss: A venous doppler ultrasound is good test for finding a dvt. However it is possible that it can miss a small or incomplete dvt. This is not an uncommon event so if you still have symptoms and think it might have missed a DVT follow up with you doctor to discuss options such a repeat test or other tests. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a free clinic do an DVT ultrasound?

Not in the clinic: Most free clinics are not capable of doing a DVT ultrasound but they can refer you to a diagnostic facility or an hospital out patient department whwre it can be done and may be done under charity care if you qualify for charity care.Discuss the options with the doctors at the free clinic as they have the knowledge where it can be done only if it is medically indicated. ...Read more

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Ultrasound/doppler testing is effective for DVT diagnosis only 3 out of 10 times. Is that true?

NO: I am not aware of this statistic. It may be technician drive as well. If you do not have a good ultrasound radiology tech, the procedure could be difficult to read. But as stated, the sensitivity is much better than 30%. ...Read more

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Pinch feeling in same spot of inner thigh. I've had ultrasounds but still scared of dvt. What could this be.

Doubt dvt: What you have described is unlikely a dvt. The "inner thigh" is a big region but in my view any leg pain should lead ones doc to rule out a 'pinched' or irritated nerve. You did not mention back pain but we have all seen nerve root compression with little or no back symptoms. This said, you are very young to have this as a problem but i would still rtulle it out. ...Read more

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Should a known dvt in the leg be monitored with regular ultrasounds to ensure dvt has not moved or got bigger or no new dvt's have developed?

Should a known dvt in the leg be monitored with regular ultrasounds to ensure dvt has not moved or got bigger or no new dvt's have developed?

Not useful: The DVT can take up to 6 months to dissolve completely on blood thinners (Coumadin or 1 of the newer agents) for the time period specified by your doctor. While ultrasound is useful in detecting a DVT (due to Doppler), it is less useful in showing how big/small the clot is over time. Your best bet is warfarin: that has shown to prevent migration of even small flecks of the clot. Se HealthTap Prime ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...Read more