Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Treatment
|What is DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)?|
|DVT is blood clot (thrombus) formation in main veins of legs / hips / arms.|
|Is it a serious problem?|
|Yes. It’s an emergency condition & you must see a qualified vascular surgeon immediately.|
|Why does it happen?|
|Function of veins is to return impure blood from legs to heart. Prolonged immobilization of legs can lead to retention / stagnation of impure blood in leg veins which eventually gets clotted there. |
|Who are at risk?|
|What are the symptoms / clinical presentation?|
|What if I neglect it? What if we don’t remove clots from vein?|
|A small piece of clot may break loose, dislodge to move towards heart & lungs, causing ‘Pulmonary Embolism’, a condition similar to heart attack. This can cause death of DVT patient. May get complicated by wound/ulcer development in legs/itching & blackish discoloration of legs at later stage if left untreated. |
So it’s better to consult a vascular surgeon as soon as possible.
|What to do next if I am suspecting DVT in my legs?|
|Consult a Vascular surgeon for assessment. Doctor will perform an ultrasound Doppler test of your legs & will explain you further course of treatment. |
|What are the treatment options?|
|Two modalities are available for treatment. |
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