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What is deep vein thrombosis?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
13 doctors agree

In brief: A blood clot

A DVT is a blood clot ( thrombus) which has formed in the deep vein of usually the leg.
It may involve the lower, upper or entire leg. Less frequently it involves the upper extremity. The other kind of clotting is superficial phlebitis which occurs in the veins just under the skin. If either is suspected one should seek immediate medical attention.

In brief: A blood clot

A DVT is a blood clot ( thrombus) which has formed in the deep vein of usually the leg.
It may involve the lower, upper or entire leg. Less frequently it involves the upper extremity. The other kind of clotting is superficial phlebitis which occurs in the veins just under the skin. If either is suspected one should seek immediate medical attention.
Dr. Barbara Toppin
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Dr. Ted King
It used to be felt that superficial phlebitis (SVT) was essentially a benign condition that was a painful nuisance. We now know that SVT can be associated with deep vein thrombosis about 25% of the time. If you have an SVT, it is important to get medical attention, as the others have said.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Deep blood clot

Deep venous thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot involving a deep vein of the venous system of the body.
It most commonly involves leg veins, although can also occur in pelvic veins, arm veins, or other deep veins of the body. This can be dangerous as the clot can embolize to the heart or lungs and lead to sudden death from pulmonary embolism (PE). Seek immediate vascular doctor opinion for DVT.

In brief: Deep blood clot

Deep venous thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot involving a deep vein of the venous system of the body.
It most commonly involves leg veins, although can also occur in pelvic veins, arm veins, or other deep veins of the body. This can be dangerous as the clot can embolize to the heart or lungs and lead to sudden death from pulmonary embolism (PE). Seek immediate vascular doctor opinion for DVT.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: There are roughly

3 layers of veins; barely under the skin that you can often see, a little deeper in the skin that you often can't see, and under muscles.
Particular veins under the muscles are called "deep veins". Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a deep vein clot. Deep veins are the main pathway for vein blood to flow and are also a pretty straight shot to the lungs, so clots there can be especially dangerous.

In brief: There are roughly

3 layers of veins; barely under the skin that you can often see, a little deeper in the skin that you often can't see, and under muscles.
Particular veins under the muscles are called "deep veins". Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a deep vein clot. Deep veins are the main pathway for vein blood to flow and are also a pretty straight shot to the lungs, so clots there can be especially dangerous.
Dr. Gary Cunningham
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: A blood clot

As dr. Toppin said, it is a blood clot in a deep vein.
You can also get clots in superficial veins (svt). It used to be felt that superficial phlebitis (svt) was essentially a benign condition that was a painful nuisance. We now know that svt can be associated with deep vein thrombosis about 25% of the time. If you have an svt, it is important to get medical attention, as the others have said.

In brief: A blood clot

As dr. Toppin said, it is a blood clot in a deep vein.
You can also get clots in superficial veins (svt). It used to be felt that superficial phlebitis (svt) was essentially a benign condition that was a painful nuisance. We now know that svt can be associated with deep vein thrombosis about 25% of the time. If you have an svt, it is important to get medical attention, as the others have said.
Dr. Ted King
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