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What is a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) within a deep vein, usually in the calf and thigh veins of the leg.
What are the signs and symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
The most common site for a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is in the deep veins of the calf or thigh. Signs and symptoms may include: swelling of the calf and sometimes the thigh; warmth in the affected area; tenderness or pain in …
What causes a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may be caused by anything that promotes blood clotting. Causes can be acquired or genetic and include injury and surgery, blood clotting disorder, sitting or lying down for extended time periods, the oral contraceptive …
Who can get a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can affect anyone, but occurs more often in older people, pregnant women, smokers, or people that are sitting or lying down for extended periods of time.
How is a deep vein thrombosis diagnosed (DVT)?
A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is commonly diagnosed by venous doppler ultrasound, which generates images of any abnormalities inside the veins using sound waves.
How is a deep vein thrombosis treated?
If deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is found, the treatment goals include stopping the clot from growing and preventing any new blood clots from forming. DVT may be treated by anticoagulation drugs, which prevent formation of new blood clots or thrombolytic …
Can a deep vein thrombosis be cured (DVT)?
Following treatment, a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can disappear without any further problems. In some cases there may be residual pain, swelling or changes in skin color. Compression stockings may be worn to avert this problem.
Can I die from a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
If a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) dislodges from the blood vessel, it can then move to block the pulmonary artery which leads from the heart to the lungs. This is a potentially fatal complication and requires immediate treatment.
About this article
Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)