The following symptoms and findings can evoke Deep Vein Thrombozis :
– Swelling in the leg or arm (based on the place where it forms)
– Color change
– Pain
– Feeling of swelling, tension, and hardness
– Tension and pain in the calves
– Heat difference between legs
– Saturation in visible veins (one-sided)
Remember that deep vein thrombosis can progress without symptoms.
Sudden shortness of breath and sever chest pain are symptoms of a clot in the lungs, a “pulmonary embolism”.
The views of the physician in diagnosis are important after the examination. A color Doppler ultrasound is important in diagnosis. Medicinal vein film (venography) is an advanced workup used occasionally in diagnosis.
Physicians have some goals in treatment. These are to prevent the growth of the clot, to prevent the formation of a new clot, and to prevent another blood vessel from clogging by breaking of pieces of clots.
Apart from some situations that require surgery, the treatment of deep vein thrombosis is generally done with drugs.
The drugs used in the treatment are blood thinners and prevent the clotting of the blood. These drugs are called “anticoagulants”. These drugs can be taken orally, intravenously, or under the skin.
The direct application of the drug under the skin reduces the problems of small bleeding and bruising problems that may arise.
Tablet forms called Coumadin are easy to use but also require regular monitoring with bloodwork. But at our clinic, this workup is performed easily, and results are obtained within minutes.

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