When blood clots form in the deep veins of the body, urgent diagnosis and treatment is often required to prevent a life threatening condition or life long symptoms.
Patients suffering from a deep venous thrombosis can experience:
Risk factors for developing deep venous thrombosis include:
Deep venous thrombosis is often suspected based on history/clinical examination and diagnosed with an urgent non-invasive venous ultrasound study. A CT scan of the chest may be necessary if a pulmonary embolism is suspected.
Urgent treatment with an oral blood thinner is often required to treat new DVTs. In some situations, surgical removal of the blood clot is necessary if the blood clot is quite extensive. Temporary management of symptoms include: