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How can you tell the difference between sciatica and a blood clot? If there is no back or hip pain, just leg pain above the knee. Ty

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Generally you can't

Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific.
I would suggest ruling out the clot first and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards.

In brief: Generally you can't

Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific.
I would suggest ruling out the clot first and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

A good clinician can usually make that differentiation rather easily.
A simple ultrasound will rule out a blood clot.

In brief: Yes

A good clinician can usually make that differentiation rather easily.
A simple ultrasound will rule out a blood clot.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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