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Have a history of blood clots in arm,leg,and pulmonary embolism. Last night I had a blood draw, today huge hematoma that is painful. Possible clot?

Have a history of blood clots in arm,leg,and pulmonary embolism.  Last night I had a blood draw, today huge hematoma that is painful. Possible clot?

No: A hematoma occurs when blood leaks out of the blood vessel that was punctured. There is a pool of blood in the adjacent tissues and, since blood is irritating, it hurts. Because of your hx, I'm guessing you might be on an anticoagulant ("blood thinner")? If so, it predisposes you to a hematoma. Hematomas hurt but get better on their own. There's no risk of the clot "traveling" anywhere. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more


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I have a DVT in rt calf and thigh plus bilat pulmonary embolism what type of exercises can I do. I am currently taking Coumadin (warfarin) and my last pt was 3.0.?

I have a DVT in rt calf and thigh plus bilat pulmonary embolism what type of exercises can I do. I am currently taking Coumadin (warfarin) and my last pt was 3.0.?

INR 3?: Hopefully, you mean you inr s 3, which is therapeutic. If that is true and you've been cleared for activity, anything should be fine, unless you developed severe pulmonary hypertension from you pe. Talk to your physician if you haven't been formally cleared to excercise to see why and when you can start. ...Read more

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Odds of pulmonary embolus if ultrasound shows clot in leg or pelvis?

Odds of pulmonary embolus if ultrasound shows clot in leg or pelvis?

High: If untreated, thrombosis in the veins of the legs or pelvis has a very high risk of embolizing to the lungs almost certainly > 90%. If the clot is confined to the small veins of the calf below the knee, these may resolve on their own without specific treatment. ...Read more

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On xarelto for 2 months since diagnosis w/ pulmonary embolism. Pain in left arm and left leg still, is that normal? Will it go away? Should i be worried?

On xarelto for 2 months since diagnosis w/ pulmonary embolism. Pain in left arm and left leg still, is that normal? Will it go away? Should i be worried?

Talk to your doctor: Not sure why you have pain in the left arm since this is unusual with PE and suggests something else going on. Even if you had DVT in left leg the pain should be gone by now. Time to reevaluate your situation ...Read more

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Can weight lifting cause pulmonary embolism or fat embolisms, it was leg day yest and im in agony just worried about my calf's hurting?

Can weight lifting cause pulmonary embolism or fat embolisms, it was leg day yest and im in agony just worried about my calf's hurting?

No: Injury (like a concussion or contusion) is a risk factor, but not mere over-use. Sounds like you just have a sore (very sore) muscle. Try ice.elevation, analgesics, and rest and time should do the rest. Good luck. ...Read more

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Soreness under left shoulder blade and ribcage. Had leg pain for over a month. Negative ddimer, but could this still be a pulmonary embolism?

Soreness under left shoulder blade and ribcage. Had leg pain for over a month. Negative ddimer, but could this still be a pulmonary embolism?

D-Dimer,DVT overview: If your risk factors are low; Fam hx, birth control pills and likelihood of DVT are low, a negative D-dimer has excellent value in excluding DVT/thrombosis. Shoulder blade and rib cage symptoms may be musculoskeletal. For any symptoms of pain with taking a deep breath, shortness of breath with any chest discomfort should be evaluated. Leg recheck if still painful ...Read more

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Soreness under left shoulder blade and ribcage. Had leg pain for over a month. Negative ddimer, but could this still be a pulmonary embolism?

Soreness under left shoulder blade and ribcage. Had leg pain for over a month. Negative ddimer, but could this still be a pulmonary embolism?

Not likely: A normal (or negative) D-dimer means that it is very unlikely that you have any abnormal clotting. It's not 100% though. It may be worthwhile to have yourself checked out though. A simple ultrasound of the leg to rule out any deep vein thrombosis would be a good start. ...Read more

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Mom massive pulmonary embolism & blood clot in leg bloodwork Nml dr ask if weightloss she has lost 10 lbs in 2 wks no dieting what could mean?

Mom  massive pulmonary embolism & blood clot in leg  bloodwork Nml dr ask  if weightloss she has lost 10 lbs in 2 wks no dieting what could mean?

Clots and cancer: A frequent cause of unprovoked blood clots in "elderly" is newly diagnosed cancer.There is a 2 -way interaction between blood clots and cancer, meaning that up to 20% of cancer patient develop blood clots and about 10% of patients (especially middle-aged and above) who have unprovoked blood clots will be diagnosed with cancer within one year. Your doctor was looking for symptoms of cancer in mom. ...Read more

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I've heard that someone with a leg fracture can develop an infection that can cause a pulmonary embolism. If this is actually true, could you name more than one of the infections that do this?

I've heard that someone with a leg fracture can develop an infection that can cause a pulmonary embolism.  If this is actually true, could you name more than one of the infections that do this?

Not an infection: fracture can predispose one to development of deep venous thrombosis or blood clot which under right set of circumstances can propagate and even spread to lungs as pulmonary embolis. This is not an infectious process. ...Read more

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Why do my legs feel weaker than my arm? Will a d dimer blood test show a pulmonary embolism or blood clot?

Why do my legs feel weaker than my arm? Will a d dimer blood test show a pulmonary embolism or blood clot?

Different issues: Legs feeling weaker than arms may be just a part of "weakness". Because your legs feel weak is not likely to be associated with blood clots or pulmonary embolism. Please consult your doctor to evaluate the cause of weakness. ...Read more

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Is a d-dimer enough to rule out a DVT or pulmonary embolism. suffering from chest pain,shortness of bteath, n burning n swelling in legs n back?

Is a d-dimer enough to rule out a DVT or pulmonary embolism.  suffering from chest pain,shortness of bteath, n burning n swelling in legs n back?

Yes.: Yes, D-diner has a high negative predictive value. That means that if the test is negative, it strongly predicts the ABSENCE of DVT. Iss positive predictive value is lower; that is, D-dimmer may be positive but the patient not have DVT. ...Read more

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Mum has had cellulitis a pulmonary embolism and sepsis and kidney failure. 2 years on her leg has started to get inflahigh again and is leaking fluid?

Mum has had cellulitis a pulmonary embolism and sepsis and kidney failure. 2 years on her leg has started to get inflahigh again and is leaking fluid?

Consultation advised: Would like to help you but this Q & A box isn't designed for diagnosis.There are a number of reasons for fluid accumulation in the lower extremities.Congestive heart failure, venous insufficiency and advanced kidney failure are just several of a number of causes.For specific advice an online Health Tap IN BOX text consult may be helpful. Upload full medical history and be available to reply to Dr. ...Read more

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Legs are weaker.....Feet always cold, short of breathe......Toenails slight purple.....Could you have a pulmonary embolism developing? Any blood test?

Legs are weaker.....Feet always cold, short of breathe......Toenails slight purple.....Could you have a pulmonary embolism developing? Any blood test?

Possibly: Did your symptoms appear suddenly, or have they been developing over time? There are a number of causes for these symptoms - heart failure, venous insufficiency, thyroid conditions, arterial disease, blood clots - and you should see your doctor to be evaluated for all of these things. ...Read more

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What to do if I have antiphosphollipid deficiency syndrome that caused a pulmonary embolism and 4 dvt's and ever since I have had chronic cramps everywhere?

What to do if I have antiphosphollipid deficiency syndrome that caused a pulmonary embolism and 4 dvt's and ever since I have had chronic cramps everywhere?

Hematologist: Go see a Hematologist. The cause of your cramping could be part of the disease or a side effect of medications. Given your history, you should be under the care of a specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Neil Halin
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Pulmonary Embolism (Definition)

Pulmonary embolism is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the ...Read more


Dr. Neil Halin
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Blood Clot In Lung (Definition)

Pulmonary embolus is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the ...Read more