May 5, 2016
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Deep Vein Thrombosis (cont.)

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What is the treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

Superficial thrombophlebitis treatment

Treatment for superficial blood clots is symptomatic with:

  • warm compresses,
  • leg compression, and
  • anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.

If the thrombophlebitis occurs near the groin where the superficial and deep systems join together, there is potential that the thrombus could extend into the deep venous system. These patients may require anticoagulation or blood thinning therapy (see below).

Deep venous thrombosis treatment

The recommended length of treatment for an uncomplicated DVT is three months. Depending upon the patient's situation, a longer duration of anticoagulation may be required.

The treatment for deep venous thrombosis is anticoagulation or "thinning the blood" with medications. There are times when anticoagulation may be more dangerous, for example, if the patient has had recent major surgery (since anticoagulation would thin all the blood in the body, not just that in the leg, leading to significant bleeding issues), or abnormal reactions when previously exposed to blood thinner medications.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/20/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/deep_vein_thrombosis/article.htm

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