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If your dead leg swells up, should I expect it to bruise when the swelling comes down? And how long does it last?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: Dead leg?

If just one leg swells up, especially if you've been immobile for a while like a long airplane/bus/car ride, we worry about a blood clot (deep venous thrombosis) which can migrate to lungs (pulmonary embolism) and kill you (as it appears to have happened to actor dennis farina earlier this week http://www.
Usatoday.Com/story/life/tv/2013/07/22/dennis-farina-dies-at-69/2575117/). Go to er now.

In brief: Dead leg?

If just one leg swells up, especially if you've been immobile for a while like a long airplane/bus/car ride, we worry about a blood clot (deep venous thrombosis) which can migrate to lungs (pulmonary embolism) and kill you (as it appears to have happened to actor dennis farina earlier this week http://www.
Usatoday.Com/story/life/tv/2013/07/22/dennis-farina-dies-at-69/2575117/). Go to er now.
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