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What Is a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?
- A DVT is a blood clot that forms inside a vein. It may partially or completely block blood flow or, break off and travel to the lung. This is different from clots in superficial veins, where clots rarely break off.
- A DVT usually involves the lower legs (calves) or lower abdomen, but occasionally affects other veins in the body.
- It is most common in persons over age 60.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of DVT?
- Sometimes no symptoms
- Swelling and pain in the area drained by the vein, usually the ankle, calf or thigh. Swelling in the leg includes everything below the clot, extending to the toes.
- Tenderness and redness of the affected parts
- Soreness or pain when walking. The soreness does not disappear with rest.
- Pain when raising the leg and flexing the foot (sometimes)
- Fever (sometimes)
- Increased heartbeat (sometimes)
Last modified: May 19, 2021