Deep Venous Thrombosis and Superficial Phlebitis

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What is Deep Venous Thrombosis and Superficial Phlebitis?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot develops within a deep vein, usually of the leg or pelvis. These are not the superficial veins that can be visible beneath the skin, as is the case with varicose veins. Deep veins are larger and located within the muscles. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is usually the result of an underlying condition or risk factor that causes poor blood circulation, rapid blood clotting, or inflammation of the inner vein lining.

Common Symptoms Include:

  • Leg pain or tenderness
  • Leg swelling
  • Discoloration of the leg; usually blue, purple, or red

Regardless of the cause, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can be particularly dangerous if left untreated. There is a risk of the clot breaking free and traveling elsewhere in the body. A clot that breaks free and moves to a new area is called an embolus and can cause serious complications.

If the embolus lodges in an artery of the lung, it can become a potentially fatal Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Early evaluation and diagnosis by a qualified medical professional such as Dr. Vasquez are of the utmost importance to the successful treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

About half of the cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) cause no noticeable symptoms. When symptoms are present, they are similar to those of many other health conditions, so it is important to know if you are at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

A Warning About Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

A pulmonary embolism can occur without obvious symptoms. If present, the symptoms are common to other medical conditions and can include chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid pulse, a cough that may or may not produce blood, and severe lightheadedness. Whether caused by a pulmonary embolism or other condition, these symptoms are critical and require immediate medical attention.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Treatment

There are several options for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). After a thorough evaluation, the vein treatment experts at The Venous Institute of Buffalo will guide you through treatment.

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