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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis iin the leg?

What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis iin the leg?

Deep vein thrombosis: Commonly, blood clots cause pain and swelling but sometimes they will only cause one or the other. Occasionally, they cause no symptoms. If a blood clot is small and in what we call calf veins, you might only get pain without swelling. If the clot is only blocking part of the vein, but not all of it, you also might get no swelling. ...Read more

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Does deep vein thrombosis hurt? Would you know it if you had it in calf?

Does deep vein thrombosis hurt? Would you know it if you had it in calf?

Sometimes: DVTs commonly present as swelling and pain in the calf area. However, they're not always associated with these symptoms which can make them more difficult to detect. ...Read more

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How to tell if it is deep vein thrombosis or calf muscular pain and tendonitis?

How to tell if it is deep vein thrombosis or calf muscular pain and tendonitis?

Ultrasound of veins: It is sometimes very difficult to distinguish between DVT and calf muscular pain simply by physical findings or history. The definitive diagnostic test is a venous duplex ultrasound which will show the veins behind the knee (popliteal) to see if there is a clot. ...Read more

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Woke up yesterday morning with pain in back of left calf, almost where my knee bends. No swelling/redness. Deep vein thrombosis?

Woke up yesterday morning with pain in back of left calf, almost where my knee bends. No swelling/redness. Deep vein thrombosis?

Leg Pain: Not likely unless you have been sedentary for prolonged period (e.g. Traveling); have had previous blood clots; or have cancer, recent trauma or surgery, all of which are typical risk factors for leg venous clots. ...Read more

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I was tested for deep vein thrombosis in blood test and ultrasound on calf for my pain. Both normal. Could both be false normal and I still have it?

I was tested for deep vein thrombosis in blood test and ultrasound on calf for my pain. Both normal. Could both be false normal and I still have it?

No test is ever: 100%, but the combination of a negative d-dimer test (I assume) and ultrasound means that the chance of thrombosis is extremely remote. ...Read more

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I have constant aching pain in left calf and sometimes thigh. Worse at night. Doc has ruled out Lyme disease and deep vein thrombosis. What now?

I have constant aching pain in left calf and sometimes thigh. Worse at night. Doc has ruled out Lyme disease and deep vein thrombosis. What now?

More evaluation: If your symptoms worsen with exertion (claudication), you may need an evaluation for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). While these may be simply muscle cramps, be sure to talk with your doctor about sciatica (pain that originates from lower back via nerves traveling to the leg), tendon rupture, and arterial aneurysm. Your doctor may also want you to see a Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can you get deep vein thrombosis from hitting your leg hard?

Can you get deep vein thrombosis from hitting your leg hard?

Yes: Dvt is generally thought to be due to 3 things-venous stasis, vein wall trauma and hypercoagulable state. Stasis is due to immobility, wall trauma can be due to irritation such as from a catheter, compression or even external trauma and hyper coagulable state can be due to tumor or certain clotting disorders. A minor injury will not cause a clot but a significant injury can. ...Read more

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Would deep vein thrombosis cause pain when straightening leg out?

Would deep vein thrombosis cause pain when straightening leg out?

Is possible: Typically, the pain of a DVT is there all of the time but is made worse with movement (straightening and bending). If you have leg pain and swelling, you should get it checked out. If you are worried about a dvt, you would be wise to get it checked out anyway--if for no other reason than peace of mind. ...Read more

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What to do after diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in your leg?

What to do after diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in your leg?

Requires treatment: Deep vein thrombosis carries the risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lung) or chronic post-thrombotic symdrome (swelling, pain) if not treated. Depending on the size, length and duration of the clot treatment might include anticoagulant drugs or a catheter treatment to remove the clot. Depending on the location of the DVT a filter might be placed to prevent passage to lungs. ...Read more

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How long does pain in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

How long does pain in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

Variable: The initial treatment of the DVT is extremely important using proper anticoagulation, compression hose, ambulation, thrombolysis when indicated. The resultant post thrombotic status will weigh heavily on amount of pain one experiences, and this may be several weeks, several months, and even a lifetime. ...Read more

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Can you do massage on someone who has deep vein thrombosis in their leg?

Can you do massage on someone who has deep vein thrombosis in their leg?

Lighten up: Definitely do not massage the leg that has the deep vein thrombosis since a loose clot could break free and travel. Leave the other leg alone since an undiagnosed smaller clot could exist there also. People with DVT are usually on blood thinners so bruising can occur with vigorous pressure elsewhere, so be careful and lighten up on the pressure. ...Read more

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How do you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

How do you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Dvt: Traditional treatment is with anti coagulation therapy for 6 months. Some may advocate losing the clot if it extends to the iliac veins to prevent long term problems but the long term data is not necessarily there yet. ...Read more

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How best to treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

How best to treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Anticoagulation: Tibial vein DVT has been a controversial subject. Current recommendations call for systemic anticoagulation for 3 months (often started with Lovenox (enoxaparin) and bridged onto coumadin). At three months a repeat ultrasound is done to determine if another 3 months would be appropriate due to persistent clot. Don't forget the compression stockings to avoid post phlebitis syndrome. ...Read more

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How can you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

How can you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Anticoagulation: Traditionally with Heparin followed by Coumadin (warfarin) for six months.
Depending on specific site and extent there can be options.
See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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After having surgery for deep vein thrombosis, why does the leg swell?

After having surgery for deep vein thrombosis, why does the leg swell?

Bad valves: One of the things that can occur following a DVT is called post-thrombotic syndrome. Pts is when some of the valves in the deep vein are destroyed and then allow the blood to flow the wrong direction in the vein. You will want to see a physician well versed in the treatment of venous disease for evaluation of pts as many docs and ultrasound techs will miss this complication of dvt. ...Read more

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How long does redness in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

How long does redness in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

Venous eczema: Redness due to vein obstruction and venous insufficiency is due to elevated interstitial pressure and inflammation. Once these are relieved, redness will subside. ...Read more

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How long does swelling in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

How long does swelling in one leg associated with deep vein thrombosis last?

Persistent: Depending upon the severity/extent of the dvt, and the treatment methods, the swelling can be minimal to severe, lasting weeks, to months, and years. The post thrombotic swelling can be lessened by using appropriate anticoagulation, compression hose, thrombolysis when indicated. ...Read more

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Could deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a bicycle gash on the leg?

Could deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a bicycle gash on the leg?

Not very likely: If the gash was associated with tissue trauma like a crush injury with profound bruising and immobility, then a DVT could be possible, as dr. Press said. But if you only had a cut without much oterh deeper tissue damage, it is unlikely. ...Read more

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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