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What can cause a deep vein thrombosis?

What can cause a deep vein thrombosis?

Several things: Dvt occurs when virchow's triad is satisfied: hemodynamic abnormality (stasis, turbulence) endothelial damage, and hypercoagulability (abnormality in blood due to malignancy, increased risk in clot formation). Family history (thrombophilia), surgery, trauma, dehydration, prolonged bed rest, congestive heart failure, kidney problems are risk factors. ...Read more

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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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Who is at risk for deep vein thrombosis?

Who is at risk for deep vein thrombosis?

Risk Factors DVT: There are many causes for DVT but all causes revolve around 3 factors: stasis of blood, injury to the vessel wall or increased propensity to clot (hypercoagulable state). Stasis occurs with long trips or immobility due to illness or casts. Injuries to the vein wall can occur with trauma from something within the vein or external to it. Hypercoagulable- increased risk of clotting -genetic/acquired. ...Read more

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Are children susceptible to deep vein thrombosis?

Are children susceptible to deep vein thrombosis?

Sometimes: Like adults children may also develop blood clots. Thankfully they don't occur as often as in adults. Given the proper conditions children ill with prolonged immobility, if they have indwelling ivs (cvl), if they have certain genetic tendencies clots may occur. If a child has a chronic condition like heart disease, cancer, consult the md about the specific risks and preventions. ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm having deep vein thrombosis?

How do I know if I'm having deep vein thrombosis?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

What are the main symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

Pain ; swelling: Any combination of pain, tenderness, swelling, warmth, redness or discoloration, and distention of surface veins may be seen. There might be no symptoms. ...Read more

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How does thrombosis differ from deep vein thrombosis?

How does thrombosis differ from deep vein thrombosis?

Location of Clot: Thrombosis is the medical term for a clot. This can happen anywhere in the body. Deep vein thrombosis means that the clot is in the deep veins which most commonly occur on the legs. The deep veins are located within the muscle. ...Read more

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What is the best way to reverse deep vein thrombosis?

What is the best way to reverse deep vein thrombosis?

Thrombolysis: Large DVT can be treated with chemicals to dissolve the clot. Used in combination with suction type devices, most of the clot can be removed. There are limitation to using this medication known as tpa, (alteplase) and there is always risk of bleeding when using it. Surgery to remove vein clots is rarely done anymore. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the risk of deep vein thrombosis?

How to know if I have the risk of deep vein thrombosis?

Here is a nice...: Website from the mayo clinic outlining risks of dvts. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis/basics/risk-factors/con-20031922. ...Read more

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How would I be able to tell if I have deep-vein thrombosis?

How would I be able to tell if I have deep-vein thrombosis?

Swelling: Unilateral substantial swelling, fluid retention and discomfort are signs.
Some folks have no symptoms.

D-dimer and ultrasound are screening ate done if there is a setting and suspicion. ...Read more

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Who should I seek help from if I have a deep vein thrombosis?

Who should I seek help from if I have a deep vein thrombosis?

ER or PCP: Go to er, you can get to your pcp, but more likely then not they will send you to er or to the hospital. ...Read more

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How can I know for sure if this is deep vein thrombosis or something else?

Ultrasound: Dvt is a dangerous condition that must be ruled out in legs with calf pain and swelling. Ultrasound is used to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

Possibly: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one or more of the internal veins. Most often in the legs, less often in the arms. If a blood clot breaks loose and flows through the heart and into the lungs it can be fatal. Dvt is a common complication of many medical illnesses. If you are ill you should ask your doctor about this as there are effective prevention approaches. ...Read more

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What is deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

Blood clot...: A deep vein thrombosis, or dvt, is a blood clot in a deep vein (rather than a superficial one). These usually occur in the lower extremities. The concern is that these blood clots can migrate through the bloodstream and end up in the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, which can be life-threatening. The treatment for a DVT is usually blood thinners. ...Read more

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What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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Can there be any cure for deep vein thrombosis?

DVT is treated: Dvt is an event which is treated with anticoagulation or blood thinners. The symptoms of leg swelling and pain will often resolve over time. ...Read more

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What to do if I had DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

What to do if I had DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

Get evaluated: Dvt is potentially a life-threatening problem, so if you think you have a dvt, you should see a physician asap. Treatments are designed to (a) prevent increase in the clot with anticoagulants such as coumadin, (warfarin) (b) decrease clot burden by procedures such as thrombolysis, and (c) prevent bad long-term complications of deep vein failure with graduated compression hose. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

DVT: Dvt, deep vein thrombosis, is clot or blockage in deep, below the skin, vein. It can local phlebitis and circulation problems and in 10 % of case break off and become part of a moving { embolic} thrombosis that often get caught in the lung. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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What can cause the disease deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

What can cause the disease deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

Many factors: There are many factor which cause dvts: dehydration, stasis of the blood in the legs, smoking, trauma, family associated hereditary disease (thrombophilia), injuries, inactivity including hospital stays, long flights without activity, obesity. Certain surgical procedures can also predispose a person to DVT as well. I recommend you to speak to your physician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell gout from deep vein thrombosis?

What can you do to tell gout from deep vein thrombosis?

Toe vs leg: Gout affects joints mostly the great toe on the foot, causing pain swelling and redness. Deep vein thrombosis cause leg pain, sometimes swelling rarely redness and mostly in the calf. Dvt is cause by a clot in the deep veins so there may more prominent veins. ...Read more

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If you had to boil it down, what is deep vein thrombosis?

If you had to boil it down, what is deep vein thrombosis?

Blood clot: Dvt is a serious medical problem that occurs when a blood clot develops in a vein, usually occuring in the lower extremities. The clot can break up sending small clots to the large veins and from there travel through the heart and lodge in the lung. This is called a pulmonay embolism. A pulmonay embolism is a medical emergency. Up to 20% people who suffer a blood clot to the lung can die. ...Read more

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Is thrombophlebitis the same thing as a deep vein thrombosis?

Is thrombophlebitis the same thing as a deep vein thrombosis?

Not exactly: Thrombophlebitis (tp) means that there is an inflamed vein with a blood clot in it. Although you can get a tp in a deep or a superficial vein, we usually think of superficial veins when we talk about tp. The catch is that when someone develops a superfical tp, a deep vein thrombosis will be associated with it up to 25% of the time. Often you can't tell the difference without doing an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis in the elderly considered very serious?

Is deep vein thrombosis in the elderly considered very serious?

DVT and elderly: DVT at any age is serious. In an elderly person there are other associated risks such as immobility and associated medical problems. It is sometimes difficult for an elderly person to take and stay on blood thinners. Despite all of this, it is possible to treat elderly persons safely for DVT. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis: Itis means inflammation. Thrombo means clot. Thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein. There is superficial vein thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombophlebitis. Deep vein thrombosis can be inflamed if acute and this is called deep vein thrombophlebitis. ...Read more

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Which are the best drugs to avoid getting deep vein thrombosis?

Hormones: Generally, the drugs which are most likely to have deep vein thrombosis as a side effect would probably be the hormones that are found in birth control pills. This includes forms of estrogen and progesterone. The higher the amount of either one, the higher your risk of having a clot. If you are sedentary, over age 45, smoke, have certain chronic diseases, or are over weight. Your risk is higher. ...Read more

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Could my style of driving cause me to have deep vein thrombosis?

Could my style of driving cause me to have deep vein thrombosis?

Maybe: Compression hose should be worn for long car trips (greater than 2 hours). ...Read more

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How long are people with deep vein thrombosis (dvt) likely to live?

Quite Variable!: Since many things can contribute to dvts in the leg (see other posts), the life expectancy can be essentially normal, to quite reduced.

It really depends on what, if anything, led to that person to have a clot. ...Read more

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I hate taking medicine. What can I do to treat deep vein thrombosis?

I hate taking medicine. What can I do to treat deep vein thrombosis?

Take the medicine: Assuming this is a correct diagnosis, untreated DVT can be serious, and can lead to pulmonary emboli ("pe"), or chronic venous stasis, both of which can be debilitating, if not downright deadly (pe). If you hate taking medicine, its best to prevent long term disease by treating acute problems in the short term, even if it means taking medicine. ...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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Veins (Definition)

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