Deep Vein Thrombosis (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you have DVT symptoms, including:
Who To See
Health professionals who can diagnose a blood clot in the leg include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
Exams and Tests
When you first see the doctor, he or she will do a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history. These help your doctor decide what tests you need based on your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Your doctor will check:
Your doctor may ask:
Ultrasound is the main test used to help diagnose DVT. It creates a picture of the flow of blood through the veins.
If your doctor thinks you should have more tests, you might have two or three more ultrasounds over the next 7 to 10 days.
More tests may be used when ultrasound results are unclear. These tests often aren't needed, but they may help diagnose or exclude a blood clot in the leg. These tests may include:
Blood thinner testing
If you are treated with anticoagulant medicines, you may need periodic blood tests to monitor the effects of the anticoagulant on the blood. Blood tests include:
Tests for clotting problems
Special blood tests may help identify inherited blood-clotting problems that can increase your risk of forming blood clots or help explain why you got a blood clot. These tests check for genetic conditions or specific proteins in your blood..
Testing might be done if you have or had one or more of the following:
Screening for these problems in the general population is not routinely done.
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