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What Are the Warning Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Ask a Doctor

I sit at a desk for my job, and I know a lot of sitting is a risk factor for blood clots in your leg. What are some of the warning signs of a deep vein thrombosis?

Doctor’s response

Call the doctor immediately if a blood clot is suspected.
  • Although a deep vein thrombosis may resolve on its own, the life-threatening consequences of a clot reaching the lung, called pulmonary embolism, are severe enough to warrant seeking medical attention immediately.
  • The doctor may tell the patient to go immediately to a hospital emergency department.

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.

Signs and symptoms of a blood clot in the leg or deep vein thrombosis occur in the affected leg when a clot obstructs blood flow and causes inflammation. Signs and symptoms of DVT may include:

  1. Swelling
  2. Gradual onset of pain
  3. Redness
  4. Warmth to the touch
  5. Worsening leg pain when bending the foot
  6. Leg cramps, especially at night, and often starting in the calf
  7. Bluish or whitish discoloration of skin

Some people with deep vein thrombosis do not experience any symptoms.

For more information, read our full medical article on deep vein thrombosis.

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Reviewed on 3/20/2018
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