Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
DVT is a blood clot that develops in a vein deep in the body. The clot may partially or completely block blood flow through the vein. Most DVTs occur in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis, although they also can occur in other part of the body including the arm, brain, intestines, liver or kidney.
DVT most commonly occurs in just one leg or arm. Not everyone with DVT will experience symptoms, although when present, they may include:
- Swelling of the leg or arm (sometimes suddenly)
- Pain or tenderness in the leg that may only be present when standing or walking
- Feeling of increased warmth in the area of the leg or arm that is swollen or that hurts
- Redness or discoloration of the skin
- Enlargement of the superficial veins in the affected leg or arm
Tests to diagnose DVT:
Duplex Venous Ultrasound – This test is used to evaluate the blood flow in the veins and to detect the presence and specific location of blood clots. A technologist applies pressure when scanning your arm or leg. If the vein does not compress with pressure, it may indicate a blood clot is present.