How to differentiate bruise with deep vein thrombosis?

Big Difference. A bruise is usually the result of trauma which disrupts the blood vessels resulting in these vessels bleeding usually under the skin to cause a black and blue appearance. This is self limiting and will disappear over time. A DVT is a clot in a deep vein and is usually diagnosed by an ultrasound. Dvt could be dangerous and requires treatment with blood thinners for anywhere from months to years.

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What do you suggest if I have a small bruise that have some red in it and its hard. Its on the middle of the back of my leg. Is this deep vein thrombosis?

Seems superficial. DVT is not characterized by something that you can feel in the skin. What you describe could be one of several things including a clot in a superficial vein (superficial phlebitis), a hematoma or a cyst on the leg. Try heat and Ibuprofen for one week. If no better then you should see a vein specialist for an evaluation. Read more...

I got pain on both legs that dont let me sleep for about 2 weeks now, no bruising or red, im a 24yrold male, can it be deep vein thrombosis? Help asap : (

Mgt. It is possible , but it is usually on one side, unless there are risk factors such as a coagulation disorder. Other considerations include muscular inflammatory conditions. Is there weakness as well? Shortness of breath? Read more...

What can cause a deep vein thrombosis?

Many things. Risk factors for deep vein thrombosis are numerous. One of the most common is immobility. This can be caused by other medical problems, surgery, or other issues. Certain surgeries are higher risk than others. For example, orthopedic and bariatric surgery. Traveling long distances in cars or airplanes are another cause of immobility. Underlying malignancy or hypercoag state can also cause dvt. Read more...
Several things. Dvt occurs when virchow's triad is satisfied: hemodynamic abnormality (stasis, turbulence) endothelial damage, and hypercoagulability (abnormality in blood due to malignancy, increased risk in clot formation). Family history (thrombophilia), surgery, trauma, dehydration, prolonged bed rest, congestive heart failure, kidney problems are risk factors. Read more...

Who is at risk for deep vein thrombosis?

Risk Factors DVT. There are many causes for DVT but all causes revolve around 3 factors: stasis of blood, injury to the vessel wall or increased propensity to clot(hypercoagulable state). Stasis occurs with long trips or immobility due to illness or casts. Injuries to the vein wall can occur with trauma from something within the vein or external to it. Hypercoagulable- increased risk of clotting -genetic/acquired. Read more...

Are children susceptible to deep vein thrombosis?

Sometimes. Like adults children may also develop blood clots. Thankfully they don't occur as often as in adults. Given the proper conditions children ill with prolonged immobility, if they have indwelling ivs (cvl), if they have certain genetic tendencies clots may occur. If a child has a chronic condition like heart disease, cancer , consult the md about the specific risks and preventions. Read more...
Possible, not likely. In a study done looking at all the children admitted to a pediatric hospital, there were only 7 kids a year over 14 years who had a DVT when they were admitted or who developed a DVT while they were in the hospital. The most common risk factors were having a DVT before, having an abnormal clotting tendency, having a severe medical condition, cancer or infection, or a long intensive care stay. Read more...

How do I know if I'm having deep vein thrombosis?

Pain and swelling. The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. Read more...

What are the main symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

Pain ; swelling. Any combination of pain, tenderness, swelling, warmth, redness or discoloration, and distention of surface veins may be seen. There might be no symptoms. Read more...