Deep Vein Thrombosis sounds absolutely devastating, not only on account of the pain, but also because experts in the medical field have not yet found a completely safe way to treat it. Although treatments are available, they involve a high amount of risk, as you can read at this link from the Mayo Clinic. Below is an excerpt from the Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine website with some basic, yet vital facts (the link to the whole page is below the excerpt).
What is DVT and What Problems Does it Cause?
A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein of the body, usually a leg vein. There are three common consequences of a DVT episode:
- A DVT can break free and flow within the bloodstream to the lungs (this complication is called Pulmonary Embolism or PE). When PE occurs, it is often fatal.
- DVT survivors often experience long-term pain, swelling, heaviness, fatigue, skin changes, and/or open sores on the legs, a complication called the Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS).
- Patients with DVT often experience pronounced pain, swelling, cramping, and/or tenderness of the involved leg during the initial episode.
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