Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Also Called: Blood Clot Treatment, IVC Filter Placement and Removal

Summary:

On this page, you’ll learn about Deep Vein Thrombosis symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment options. If you or someone you love is suffering from this condition, click here to schedule a complimentary consultation in St. George, Utah.

About the Condition

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the body – usually in the leg. While deep vein thrombosis is a fairly common condition, it is also very dangerous. If the clot breaks away and travels through your bloodstream, it could end up in the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism – a potentially fatal condition. Deep vein thrombosis is usually the result of blood-clotting abnormalities, periods of inactivity, narrowed veins, and trauma or injury.

Symptoms

Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include pain, swelling and discoloration around the area of the clot.

Causes

There are many causes or risk factors for DVTs which include: Age greater than 40, bed rest or prolonged inactivity, pregnancy, poor overall health, obesity, clotting disorders, injury, smoking, and hormone replacement therapy/birth control.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of DVT is made by a combination of medical history, physical exam, and medical imaging. Usually, Duplex ultrasound in the office is used to diagnose the presence and extent of DVTs quickly.

Treatment Options

Most patients with DVT can be treated with just anticoagulation (blood thinner medication). For patients with more extensive DVT or severe symptoms, DVT can be treated in the hospital with a minimally invasive, catheter-directed procedure that infuses clot dissolving medication into the veins.

  • Anticoagulation (blood thinner medication)
  • Catheter-directed thrombolysis
  • Systemic thrombolysis
  • Compression stockings

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