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Symptoms of DVT and PE

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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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