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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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What to do for homecare nursing for someone with deep vein thrombosis?

What to do for homecare nursing for someone with deep vein thrombosis?

Depends: Activity should not be restricted. Bedrest is actually not recommended any more. Rather frequent blood tests are needed, initially, as dr. Toppin mentioned and once or twice daily shots are often given for a few days. It is important to watch what you eat on some blood thinners. But for someone who has been, otherwise, relatively healthy, there might be little need for homecare nursing. ...Read more

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Shin splints/deep vein thrombosis (dvt) pain, are there any specialty treatments?

Shin splints/deep vein thrombosis (dvt) pain, are there any specialty treatments?

Yes, as for the DVT: You need to have it confirmed with a doppler us, then be started on blood thinners. Seeing you pcp will be helpful to start this and he/she can treat the shin splints, which is much less serious problem, than the dvt. If any chest symptoms (pain, shortness of breath, coughing, etc) occur, you need to go a hospital, for controlling the pe, a much more serious condition. ...Read more

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Have one cold foot, warms when stood up but cools when sitting, could this be a deep vein thrombosis? i knew DVT cause warm limbs, can it cause cold?

Have one cold foot, warms when stood up but  cools when sitting, could this be a deep vein thrombosis? i knew DVT cause warm limbs, can it cause cold?

Not usually: dvt will usually have swelling and warm extremity. Sometimes varicose veins or venous insufficiency can lead to discoloration of the extremity. The temperature changes are unusual but possible with venous engorgement. If persistent then you should have an evaluation. ...Read more

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Would deep vein thrombosis cause pain when straightening leg out?

Would deep vein thrombosis cause pain when straightening leg out?

Is possible: Typically, the pain of a DVT is there all of the time but is made worse with movement (straightening and bending). If you have leg pain and swelling, you should get it checked out. If you are worried about a dvt, you would be wise to get it checked out anyway--if for no other reason than peace of mind. ...Read more

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Can you do massage on someone who has deep vein thrombosis in their leg?

Can you do massage on someone who has deep vein thrombosis in their leg?

Lighten up: Definitely do not massage the leg that has the deep vein thrombosis since a loose clot could break free and travel. Leave the other leg alone since an undiagnosed smaller clot could exist there also. People with DVT are usually on blood thinners so bruising can occur with vigorous pressure elsewhere, so be careful and lighten up on the pressure. ...Read more

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How do you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

How do you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Dvt: Traditional treatment is with anti coagulation therapy for 6 months. Some may advocate losing the clot if it extends to the iliac veins to prevent long term problems but the long term data is not necessarily there yet. ...Read more

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How best to treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

How best to treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Anticoagulation : Tibial vein DVT has been a controversial subject. Current recommendations call for systemic anticoagulation for 3 months (often started with Lovenox (enoxaparin) and bridged onto coumadin). At three months a repeat ultrasound is done to determine if another 3 months would be appropriate due to persistent clot. Don't forget the compression stockings to avoid post phlebitis syndrome. ...Read more

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How can you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

How can you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Anticoagulation: Traditionally with Heparin followed by Coumadin (warfarin) for six months. Depending on specific site and extent there can be options. See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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After having surgery for deep vein thrombosis, why does the leg swell?

After having surgery for deep vein thrombosis, why does the leg swell?

Bad valves: One of the things that can occur following a DVT is called post-thrombotic syndrome. Pts is when some of the valves in the deep vein are destroyed and then allow the blood to flow the wrong direction in the vein. You will want to see a physician well versed in the treatment of venous disease for evaluation of pts as many docs and ultrasound techs will miss this complication of dvt. ...Read more

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Had deep vein thrombosis and blood clot in leg veins. Should I be worried?

Had deep vein thrombosis and blood clot in leg veins. Should I be worried?

Yes - w/o treatment: Dvt can break free from your deep veins, travel through your bloodstream, and lodge in your lungs. This clot can block blood flow in your lungs, which can strain your heart and lungs. This pulmonary embolism is a medical emergency. Dvt can also lead to chronic vein problems and swelling treatment with blood thinners is very effective in reducing risk. Compression stocking also recommended. ...Read more

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Can you get deep vein thrombosis from hitting your leg hard?

Can you get deep vein thrombosis from hitting your leg hard?

Yes: Dvt is generally thought to be due to 3 things-venous stasis, vein wall trauma and hypercoagulable state. Stasis is due to immobility, wall trauma can be due to irritation such as from a catheter, compression or even external trauma and hyper coagulable state can be due to tumor or certain clotting disorders. A minor injury will not cause a clot but a significant injury can. ...Read more

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What to do after diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in your leg?

What to do after diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in your leg?

Requires treatment: Deep vein thrombosis carries the risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lung) or chronic post-thrombotic symdrome (swelling, pain) if not treated. Depending on the size, length and duration of the clot treatment might include anticoagulant drugs or a catheter treatment to remove the clot. Depending on the location of the DVT a filter might be placed to prevent passage to lungs. ...Read more

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Could deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a bicycle gash on the leg?

Could deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a bicycle gash on the leg?

Not very likely: If the gash was associated with tissue trauma like a crush injury with profound bruising and immobility, then a DVT could be possible, as dr. Press said. But if you only had a cut without much oterh deeper tissue damage, it is unlikely. ...Read more

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Is it possible that deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a gash on the leg?

Is it possible that deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a gash on the leg?

Possibly...: While the gash on the leg wouldn't 'cause' the blood clot, if the person were immobile for a period of time related to the gash then the immobility could cause the blood clot. ...Read more

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If I have deep vein thrombosis in my legs, is this condition alone enough to cause death?

If I have deep vein thrombosis in my legs, is this condition alone enough to cause death?

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 more

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Deep vein thrombosis ultrasound shows clot in leg so what are options?

Deep vein thrombosis ultrasound shows clot in leg so what are options?

Depends on symptoms: Will need blood thinner called Coumadin (warfarin) for at least 6 months. If leg really swollen may need tpa lysis as drip or trellis device to dissolve clot. Need tests to see if your blood too thick called hypercoagulable state. ...Read more

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Can sleeping with your legs crossed cause deep vein thrombosis?

Can sleeping with your legs crossed cause deep vein thrombosis?

Probably not: If you are otherwise healthy with no history of blood clots, recent surgery etc, crossing your legs should not cause dvt. ...Read more

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When younger people get venous leg ulcers they are caused by deep vein thrombosis? True?

When younger people get venous leg ulcers they are caused by deep vein thrombosis? True?

False: Not typically but they may be preceded by venous stasis dermatitis with darkish purple appearance of the skin typically located on the inner ankle skin area. ...Read more

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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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Veins (Definition)

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