Deep Vein Thrombosis

Cause: A blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs.

Symptoms: swelling in one or both legs, pain or tenderness, warmth in the skin, and visible surface veins

Diagnostic test: Duplex ultrasound, venography, and a MRI

Incidence: 1 in1,000 adults per year has DVT and 1 in 100,000 children per year

Prevention: Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, avoid smoking and long periods of inactivity

Risk factors or complications: Inheriting a blood clotting disorder, prolonged bed rest, such as during a long hospital stay/ paralysis and injury/surgery. Complications include Pulmonary Embolism, and Postphlebetic syndrome.

Treatment:  Blood Thinners, clot busters, filters, and compression stockings.

Sources:

"Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)." Definition. Mayo Clinic Staff, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

"Deep-Vein-Thrombosis." Center for Vein Restoration Blog. Center For Vein Restoration, 8 Mar. 2012. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

"VTE - Deep Vein Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism." News Centre. Boehringer Ingelheim, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Chuback, John. "Vascular Doctor in NJ Say Deep Vein Thrombosis Is a Serious Condition." Chuback Medical Group RSS. Chuback Medical Group, 17 June 2014. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

"Blood Clots That Kill: Preventing DVT | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

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