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Definition of DVT (deep vein thrombosis)

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

DVT (deep vein thrombosis): Blood clotting in the veins of the inner thigh or leg. In air travel, DVT is the "economy-class syndrome." DVT can be associated with any state of relative immobility, including prolonged sitting, following surgery, or with illness. Some DVT are associated with familial syndromes. Blood clots can break off (as emboli) and makes their way to the lung where they have the potential of causing respiratory distress and respiratory failure.

Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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