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How Do You Know If You Have Deep Vein Thrombosis
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
Anticoagulation: There are two kinds of blood clots-superficial and deep. Deep is the more serious and is also called dvt. The treatment for DVT is to first make the diagnosis usually with a venous ultrasound or cat scan. Next patients are placed on blood thinners of which there are many including heparin, coumadin, (warfarin) lovenox, pradaxa, xaralto, etc, the duration of treatment is dependent on many factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
U/S: Get an ultrasound of the affected leg. Sometimes clots can send pieces to the lungs. ...Read more
Yes if it breaks off: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a clot that has formed in one of the deep veins, typically in the legs. By itself the majority of cases do not cause death when treated properly. The clot however may become bigger or break loose, traveling to the heart and lungs where it becomes a more serious condition with a higher risk of death. Treatment usually is a blood thinner medication and close follow-up. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A blood clot: A DVT is a blood clot ( thrombus) which has formed in the deep vein of usually the leg. It may involve the lower, upper or entire leg. Less frequently it involves the upper extremity. The other kind of clotting is superficial phlebitis which occurs in the veins just under the skin. If either is suspected one should seek immediate medical attention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many factors: Patients with a hereditary condition, called venous insufficiency have a valvular condition that allows blood to pool while standing or sitting, decreased return to heart when not lying down. Can lead to inflammation due to decreased blood flow through the vein, damage to vein and blood clotting. Other factors blood clotting disorder, malignancy, recent surgery, hx dvt, pregnancy, hrt, infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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