Blood Clot in the Legs (cont.)
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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Symptoms
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Symptoms occur in the affected leg when a clot obstructs blood flow and causes inflammation. Signs and symptoms may include:
Some people with deep vein thrombosis do not experience any symptoms.
When to Seek Medical Care for DVT
Call the doctor immediately if a clot is suspected.
If a person has leg pain or swelling with any risk factors, go to a hospital emergency department immediately.
Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know with a current deep vein thrombosis, previous deep vein thrombosis, or risk factor begins having chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fainting, or any other symptom that concerns you.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Diagnosis
Upon hearing the patient's symptoms, the doctor may suspect that the patient has a deep vein thrombosis, especially if they have any of the risk factors.
No accurate blood test is available to diagnose deep vein thrombosis. A variety of imaging tests are used to confirm the diagnosis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/3/2015
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