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Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Roth
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
8 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one or more of the internal veins.
Most often in the legs, less often in the arms. If a blood clot breaks loose and flows through the heart and into the lungs it can be fatal. Dvt is a common complication of many medical illnesses. If you are ill you should ask your doctor about this as there are effective prevention approaches.

In brief: Possibly

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one or more of the internal veins.
Most often in the legs, less often in the arms. If a blood clot breaks loose and flows through the heart and into the lungs it can be fatal. Dvt is a common complication of many medical illnesses. If you are ill you should ask your doctor about this as there are effective prevention approaches.
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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Dvt is a dangerous condition and if left untreated, or ignored may lead to other complications like pulmonary embolisms or blood clots in the lung .
Fortunately, there are excellent treatments available. If patient takes the prescribed medications and had t labwork as directed , most will bake a full recovery.

In brief: Not necessarily

Dvt is a dangerous condition and if left untreated, or ignored may lead to other complications like pulmonary embolisms or blood clots in the lung .
Fortunately, there are excellent treatments available. If patient takes the prescribed medications and had t labwork as directed , most will bake a full recovery.
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If embolization YES

Deep venous thrombosis is not deadly if it stays where it forms (such as in the leg or pelvis).
But if a large blood clot in the leg or pelvis dislodges & then floats to the heart or lungs, then it can cause a fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) with cardiopulmonary arrest. Since deep venous thrombosis can unpredictably become a PE, it is recommended that DVTs be treated with blood thinners for months

In brief: If embolization YES

Deep venous thrombosis is not deadly if it stays where it forms (such as in the leg or pelvis).
But if a large blood clot in the leg or pelvis dislodges & then floats to the heart or lungs, then it can cause a fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) with cardiopulmonary arrest. Since deep venous thrombosis can unpredictably become a PE, it is recommended that DVTs be treated with blood thinners for months
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Dvt

the concern with dvt is the possibility of a pulmonary embolism, as such prompt evaluation and treatment are crucial

In brief: Dvt

the concern with dvt is the possibility of a pulmonary embolism, as such prompt evaluation and treatment are crucial
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