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?
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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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