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- 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.
- Gradual onset of pain
- Warmth to the touch
- Worsening leg pain when bending the foot
- Leg cramps, especially at night, and often starting in the calf
- 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.