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Can you die from calf pain?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

I agree with dr. Rosen.
Need to rule out blood clots on the legs as the clots can break off and travel to lung. People can die from blood clots in the lung. Now, other causes of calf pain- will also include restless leg syndrome; related to iron deficiency ; muscle problems ( inflammation or sprain etc) and many more. Need to know what the cause is- that is important. Please see your doctor.

In brief: Yes

I agree with dr. Rosen.
Need to rule out blood clots on the legs as the clots can break off and travel to lung. People can die from blood clots in the lung. Now, other causes of calf pain- will also include restless leg syndrome; related to iron deficiency ; muscle problems ( inflammation or sprain etc) and many more. Need to know what the cause is- that is important. Please see your doctor.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Lots of things can cause calf pain and, with only a couple of exceptions, none of them are going to kill you.
You just need to make sure that your calf pain isn't being caused by a deep venous thrombosis, as drs. Rosen and ho said. The only way to know for sure that you don't have a thrombus (clot) is to see a doctor and get it checked out.

In brief: Not necessarily

Lots of things can cause calf pain and, with only a couple of exceptions, none of them are going to kill you.
You just need to make sure that your calf pain isn't being caused by a deep venous thrombosis, as drs. Rosen and ho said. The only way to know for sure that you don't have a thrombus (clot) is to see a doctor and get it checked out.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Calf pain and swelling may be an indication of a blood clot within the veins of the calf muscles, which we call deep vein thrombosis (dvt).
This can occasionally travel in the bloodstream and enter the lungs (pulmonary embolus); this may cause sudden death. Most people with calf pain do not have blood clots, but in the right clinical situation, this needs to be considered and aggressively treated.

In brief: Yes.

Calf pain and swelling may be an indication of a blood clot within the veins of the calf muscles, which we call deep vein thrombosis (dvt).
This can occasionally travel in the bloodstream and enter the lungs (pulmonary embolus); this may cause sudden death. Most people with calf pain do not have blood clots, but in the right clinical situation, this needs to be considered and aggressively treated.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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