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My mother inlaws left leg is swollen. She is 47and has done no other diff activities than usual. Her right ankle is broke. Why is her l leg swollen?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Unilateral leg edema

Possible causes for her left leg swelling would include venous insufficiency, leg contusion, ruptured baker's cyst or cellulitis.
But what's dangerous is the possibility of blood clots or dvt, deep vein thrombosis. So it would be wise for her to go to see a doctor.

In brief: Unilateral leg edema

Possible causes for her left leg swelling would include venous insufficiency, leg contusion, ruptured baker's cyst or cellulitis.
But what's dangerous is the possibility of blood clots or dvt, deep vein thrombosis. So it would be wise for her to go to see a doctor.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possible clot

Called dvt, a clot in her leg can be a serious problem. Please take her to get checked asap.

In brief: Possible clot

Called dvt, a clot in her leg can be a serious problem. Please take her to get checked asap.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Bennett Werner
I agree with Dr. Villaplana. Because her R ankle is broken, she would necessarily be more sedentary which is a risk factor for developing a blood clot in either leg.
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