Deep Vein Thrombosis, also known as DVT, is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside the body and blocks blood flow. It most
commonly occurs in the large veins in the lower leg and thigh.
The symptoms of DVT can be mimicked by other disorders, therefore
it is under-diagnosed and under-treated. There may be minor symptoms or
none at all. For one half of people with DVT, the symptoms are not
quickly diagnosed because symptoms are not clearly recognized. A DVT can
occur suddenly with little warning or develop gradually. It is a
serious condition that should be treated promptly.
The most common symptoms of DVT are:
Sudden swelling in the leg or arm
Limb pain or tenderness
Pain upon touching the affected area
Skin that is overly warm or feverish to the touch
Significantly red skin color
Lack of pulse in the extremities
If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact a physician immediately. For a physician referral, call 615.284.LIFE.