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How much time it takes to compelety clear swelling in your DVT affected leg?

How much time it takes to compelety clear swelling in your DVT affected leg?

Sometimes forever: Many people fully stabilize in a few months. Elevation, stockings, medications. Some have mild chronic stasis and edema for life. The worst get post phlebitic syndrome and a difficult course. Pay attention early. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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How long does it take swelling in leg to go down after warfarin started for a dvt?

How long does it take swelling in leg to go down after warfarin started for a dvt?

Varies: It can go down in a matter of days to weeks or months or never. There is a condition call "post phlebiits syndrome" and the leg can be swollen for prolonged periods of time. I have patients with swelling for years after one or more clots in the veins of the legs. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for severe swelling in the legs from a DVT to go away?

Please tell me how long it takes for severe swelling in the legs from a DVT to go away?

It may never go away: Swelling in the legs following an acute DVT can take several days to weeks to resolve if properly managed with anticoagulation and use of compression stockings. An often ignored consequence of DVT is post-thrombotic syndrome, which often includes leg swelling, and occurs because of damage to the veins which had a dvt. This is also managed by compression, however, will never go away. ...Read more

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How long could it take swelling in leg to go down after DVT diagnosis and warfarin started?

How long could it take swelling in leg to go down after DVT diagnosis and warfarin started?

Several months: After starting warfarin the blood clot can no longer grow. The body will start to break down the clot within days. It takes months to have the clot reabsorbed or for the process to make an opening through the clot so blood can get through again. Swelling will be visibly less in a few weeks but it could be 6 months before the leg is back to normal. Occasionally, the swelling persists indefinitely. ...Read more

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I've had calf pain in my left leg for over three years now. No swelling or redness but it hurts to walk on. Could this be a DVT after all this time?

I've had calf pain in my left leg for over three years now. No swelling or redness but it hurts to walk on. Could this be a DVT after all this time?

Probably not: Dvt classically result in swelling +- pain (from a little to alot). Post -dvt syndrome can hurt for years after the DVT has resolved. See a doc ( vascular md if you are vry anxious about a dvt) and look for other causes ...Read more

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44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

Need good ultrasound study and a cardiac echo: Was there a reason found for the stroke? A clot in the leg may travel to the lung, but should not normally be able to get to the brain. The most likely reason it did is a defect in the heart. An echocardiogram will help sort the heart out, and can guide a repair. A good ultrasound of the legs is necessary to see if there is a recurrent clot. If not, another consideration is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome - failure o the valves in the leg veins from scarring after DVT. Patients with DVT need to wear compression hose daily for at least 2 yrs after DVT to minimize the risk of PTS. ...Read more

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Can swelling in leg with dvt cause dvt to get worse or detach an move?


Can swelling in leg with dvt cause dvt to get worse or detach an move?

Cause & effect.: The swelling is getting worse because of the DVT; when venous blood flow is impaired, the blood pools in the leg (no way to get back to the heart). Ultimately proteins & fluid will leak out and collect. To my knowledge, the amount of swelling has no correlation with the clot getting bigger or moving. Rather, the more extensive the clot initially, the more the leg will swell. ...Read more

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A 53 year old man has a sudden pain in his rt leg with little swelling , does DVT suceptable please ?

A 53 year old man has a sudden pain in his rt leg with little swelling , does DVT suceptable please ?

Yes: Pain in calf of leg and a little swelling raises suspicion of a dvt. Next step should be a non-invasive vascular lab study to detect a clot in the calf veins or higher veins. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling of leg once DVT treatment starts?

Stockings: According to the national blood clot alliance, if you have had a deep vein thrombosis (dvt), it is common to have residual swelling in the leg after the initial treatment. Graduated compression stockings help increase blood flow in the legs and reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

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