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DVT: Long-Term Damage – Post-Thrombotic Syndrome

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While many people who have a DVT in a leg or arm recover completely, others can be left with some chronic symptoms: leg or arm swelling, pain, aching, heaviness, and cramping are some of the symptoms. These symptoms, in the case of a leg DVT, are typically worse after standing for a long time, and may be worse at the end of the day. They are improved in the morning or after elevating the limb. The pain and swelling can be disabling. The symptom complex is typically referred to as “Postthrombotic syndrome” (PTS) or “Postphlebitic syndrome”. Read the rest of this entry »

Symptoms of DVT and PE

| Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), Pulmonary embolism | 15 Comments »

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

A DVT is a blood clot that most commonly occurs in the leg, typically only one leg (image 1). However, occasionally it occurs in both legs at the same time (=bilateral DVT). Sometimes, a DVT is in the pelvic veins or the big abdominal vein (=inferior vena cava). And some DVTs occur in the arm. The anatomy and terminology of leg, pelvic and arm veins (together called “venous clot” or “venous thromboembolism=VTE) is also discussed here.

Image 1. DVT in right leg; clot broken off the DVT and travelling in the big abdominal vein towards the lung; PE in the right lung (Graphic design Jeff Harrison, Wilmington, NC; © Stephan Moll)

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