DVT

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in one of the deep veins of the body, usually in the leg. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Deep vein thrombosis is the development of a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs, pelvis or arms. While blood clots in superficial veins rarely cause serious problems, clots in deep veins require immediate medical evaluation.

Blood clots in deep veins can break loose and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, resulting in life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis can cause other long-term complications. In about 25 percent of cases, deep vein thrombosis damages the affected vein, causing post-thrombotic syndrome. This condition can cause pain, swelling, discoloration and leg sores.

Deep vein thrombosis often does not cause symptoms. When symptoms occur, they include:

Swelling.

Warmth.

Pain or tenderness, and

Redness.

Deep vein thrombosis is usually treated with anticoagulant medications. Your doctor may also recommend that you elevate your leg when possible, use a heating pad, and wear compression stockings. These measures may help reduce the pain and swelling that can occur with deep vein thrombosis.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.