Blood Clot in the Legs (cont.)
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When to seek medical care for DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
Call the doctor immediately if a blood 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 other DVT/PE risk factor begins having chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fainting, or any other concerning symptom.
How is DVT (deep vein thrombosis) diagnosed?
Upon hearing the patient's symptoms, the doctor may suspect the patient has a deep vein thrombosis, especially if any risk factors are present.
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 9/19/2016
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