May 27, 2017
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Deep Vein Thrombosis (cont.)

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When should I seek medical care for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

  • The diagnosis of a superficial or deep vein thrombosis needs to be made in person by a health-care professional. Diagnostic tests need to be tailored to each situation. New leg swelling usually is not normal, and medical care should be accessed.
  • Swelling, redness, and pain may be indicators of a blood clot, infection or other diseases and should not be ignored.
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath associated with a swollen arm or leg may be caused by a pulmonary embolus. It is appropriate to seek immediate medical care, including activating emergency medical services (calling 911).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2016


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