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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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How can I tell if I have a blood clot in my leg after a plane trip?

How can I tell if I have a blood clot in my leg after a plane trip?

Ultrasound: If you are having pain or swelling in your leg, you should contact your primary physician to have an ultrasound, or duplex of the veins in your legs. If there is a dvt, it would then be treated with blood thinners. ...Read more

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If I have a blood clot in my leg, do I have to get surgery?

If I have a blood clot in my leg, do I have to get surgery?

Not typically: If this is a "dvt" or deep venous thrombosis, management usually starts with blood thinning drugs. Surgery or catheter based therapies are usually reserved only for very rare severe cases.

Arterial blood clots are less frequent. If this is an arterial blood clot (arterial thromboembolism), surgery may be warranted urgently to restore blood flow to the leg. ...Read more

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If I have a blood clot in my leg, is it possible for a stroke?

If I have a blood clot in my leg, is it possible for a stroke?

Yes possible: Either you can have hypercoag unable status which means u form clots more than usual or in some patients with a condition called pfo/ patent foramen ovale where right and left heart chambers/ the atriums can connect directly and clots from leg can travel through veins from right to left side of heart and can cause a stroke in a condition called paradoxical embolism. ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in my leg and I recently found a dark substance in my semen, like blood?

I have a blood clot in my leg and I recently found a dark substance in my semen, like blood?

See urologist ASAP: That is perplexing. The blood clots are treated with anti-coagulation, so there is an increased risk of bleeding. I am not a urologist, however, so I defer ot their expertise as to the source of the bleeding in the seminal tract. ...Read more

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Could I have a blood clot in my leg if I have excruciating pain in my calf during walking or exercising?

Could I have a blood clot in my leg if I have excruciating pain in my calf during walking or exercising?

Need vascular eval.: Pain with walking is a classic symptom of a vascular problem called claudication. This symptom is typically brought on by walking and relieved by rest. It is usually due to a narrowing or blockage in a leg artery with the symptoms occurring below the level of the narrowing. There are certainly other things that can cause your problem. You should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have a blood clot in my leg? My leg itches and is warm. There is a little pain, but not much. No veins visible.

How do I tell if I have a blood clot in my leg? My leg itches and is warm. There is a little pain, but not much. No veins visible.

See doctor: To be sure, you need an ultrasound of the leg which is non-invasive and fairly quick. Some of the signs of a clot are if it's warm, red, or swollen. ...Read more

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I'm 18 y/o male and I think I have a blood clot in my leg. Both of my calfs are sore but I walked a few miles the other day but there is pain in right?

I'm 18 y/o male and I think I have a blood clot in my leg. Both of my calfs are sore but I walked a few miles the other day but there is pain in right?

Unlikely: At this age unlikely unless you have family history or some sort of clot forming disorder. You probably strained your leg muscles from walking. See your doctor to get checked. ...Read more

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Do I have a blood clot in my leg? . It hurts to bend my knee or lean on it and my calf and foot ache. I can hear something crack when I flex it.

Do I have a blood clot in my leg? . It hurts to bend my knee or lean on it and my calf and foot ache. I can hear something crack when I flex it.

Probably not: Generally, clots occur because you have 1) a blood condition that promotes clotting or 2) you've been traveling or had a medical problem and were immobile for a long time. If your leg isn't swollen or red, it's probably not a clot. Leg pain can be due to many things. Clots don't make any noise. But if you're concerned see your doctor, who might order an ultrasound if indicated by your exam. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I may have a blood clot in my leg!?

What to do if I think I may have a blood clot in my leg!?

Go to your doctor: A blood clot to the lower extremities can increase your risk of embolization (a piece of the clot gets dislodged from the point of origin and travels to other part of the body). This could provoke a more worrisome situation in which a clot goes to the lungs; which at times could be fatal. If properly medicated the risk of embolization can be decreased with blood thinners. ...Read more

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How can I dissolved a blood clot in my leg?

Blood thinners: If you have a large blood clot in your leg, you have an emergency that can kill you. The blood clot can break off and get stuck in your lungs. Call your doctor! He can test you for the clot and put you on blood thinners that will allow the clot to stabilize and dissolve. ...Read more

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How do I know if there is a a blood clot in my leg?

How do I know if there is a a blood clot in my leg?

Venous ultrasound: DVT can easily be checked with ultrasound. ...Read more

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What would a blood clot in my leg look or feel like?

Blood Clot Pain: Blood clots may be present without any signs. However patients usually seek a doctors opinion because one extremity, arm or leg, is more swollen than the other. Classic teaching is that you may have pain in your calf muscles or feel a cord-a solid ridge under the skin-that is a blood vessel filled with clot. Occasionally patients will feel short of breath or have a racing heart. ...Read more

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Why did me doctor presribe a compression sock for a blood clot in my leg?

Stocking: One of the risk factors for a DVT is stasis or
pooling of the blood. Compression stockings reduce this and thus decrease tthe risk of dvt. ...Read more

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Why did me doctor prescribe a compression sock for a blood clot in my leg?

Several reasons: Compression helps with the swelling of a clot, but also helps reduce the risk of valve damage and what we call post-thrombotic syndrome, which can cause long term swelling and skin problems. ...Read more

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Can a blood clot in my leg effect my lung circulation?

Can a blood clot in my leg effect my lung circulation?

Yes: If you have a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg, they can break loose and travel up through the heart, and into the lungs where it can cause a pulmonary embolism. This is potentially life threatening, but the risk is markedly reduced by taking a blood thinner like coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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Could this swelling be just a possible sprain? I was told last night that I have a possible blood clot in my leg and possibly that is why it is so swollen. They checked and there wasn't any. I've tried everything to get it to go down but it hasn't and won't

Could this swelling be just a possible sprain? I was told last night that I have a possible blood clot in my leg and possibly that is why it is so swollen. They checked and there wasn't any. I've tried everything to get it to go down but it hasn't and won't

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the ankles can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why does my calf hurt after meniscus surgery and I don't have an blood clot in my leg?

See below: If you have eliminated a clot or phlebitis as a possibility you need to have the area of injury evaluated
you may not be walking evenly and this might be the cause for muscular pain in the calf. ...Read more

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Taking coumadin (warfarin) for a blood clot in my leg and I am feeling extremely nauseous today and I have a really bad headache started pills last night normal?

Taking coumadin (warfarin) for a blood clot in my leg and I am feeling extremely nauseous today and I have a really bad headache started pills last night normal?

This would not be: A normal response to the initiation of Coumadin (warfarin) and may indicate an allergy or something else/new that is wrong. You should bring this to the attention of your health care professional as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have recently had a blood clot in my leg I had DVT but I have this pain in my lower left arm an it's so painful it hurts an turns colors?

I have recently had a blood clot in my leg I had DVT but I have this pain in my lower left arm an it's so painful it hurts an turns colors?

See a doctor: You may have more circulatory problems
you need to go have a work up, if you haven't already for thrombophilia. A bold clotting profile. Who is following you sice your blood clot? Please call them now or go to a vein specialist: www. Phlebology. Org for doc in your area. Go to urgent care if you can't contact your doctor. ...Read more

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If I had a blood clot in my leg, will a CT scan show anything relating to the clot? I had one done today, doc wouldn't do ultrasound.

If I had a blood clot in my leg, will a CT scan show anything relating to the clot? I had one done today, doc wouldn't do ultrasound.

Maybe: But, If and only if IV contrast was administered and the leg was in the scan. Also, There are limitations depending on the machine used and the way the scan was set up. ...Read more