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Doctor insights on: Testing For Blood Clots

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I had a negative d-dimer, but still have pain in my leg. Should I request more testing to check for blood clot or is d-dimer enough?

I had a negative  d-dimer, but still have pain in my leg. Should  I request  more testing to check for blood clot or is d-dimer enough?

D-dimer enough: A negative d-dimer test is good evidence that you are unlikely to have a clot. It does not settle the issue of why you have pain and that would require an in-person examination. ...Read more

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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Blood clots about 7 years ago DVT and PE. Recent problems with legs doppler on both neg - should I ask for additional testing? Still worried.

Blood clots about 7 years ago DVT and PE.  Recent problems with legs doppler on both neg - should I ask for additional testing?  Still worried.

Unclear: If your dopplers are negative then you are probably fine but I am not sure what you mean by "recent problems." If you develop shortness of breath or one sided leg swelling address this immediately. ...Read more

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Who should be tested for high risk of having blood clots?

Who should be tested for high risk of having blood clots?

Family or personal: History of clots. I would screen young girls who are considering birth control if there is a family history of clots, as birth control will increase clotting risk. Some parents want their children screened because they have some detected abnormality. I would screen anyone who has had a clot in their leg or lungs. ...Read more

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blood clots in legst

blood clots in legst

DVT: 20yo is kinda young to have blood clots in legs but it's not that rare either, especially in those w/genetic risks eg thrombophilia, taking estrogen-based birth control, have had recent major surgery or traveled extensively w/o much movement eg transoceanic flight. Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) can loosen & move to lungs where they're deadly eg pulmonary embolism. Go to ER immediately for treatment ...Read more

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Blood clots in shoulders?

Blood clots in shoulders?

TOS: Rarely seen by md's. Work group prone are major league pitchers, who develop thoracic outlet syndrome in pitching arm. I have examine two major league pitchers (both without blood clots) & distinct finding was superior trapezium (st) asymmetry. These muscles suspend shoulders. St of pitching arm becomes weak, causing clavicle to approximate first rib & clip subclavian artery and vein. ...Read more

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What does blood clots mean?

What does blood clots mean?

"Blocked Pipes": Blood contains proteins which cause the blood to congeal when outside of blood vessels. This can be life-saving following trauma but can be life-threatening if the clotting mechanism is activated inside a blood vessel, leading to the obstruction of flow to the brain (stroke), heart muscles (mi), or lungs (pulmonary emboli), to name a few. Rx hinges on opening the blockage asap+/-blood thinners. ...Read more

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How can blood clots dissolve?

How can blood clots dissolve?

Blood clot removal: Blood clots in general are removed naturally from the body. The body has a system of clotting as well as a system to prevent too much clotting. Whenever a clot is formed in the body over time the body will naturally reabsorb it. Sometimes doctors give medication to prevent the blood from being able to clot easily. ...Read more