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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a clump of thickened blood forms a clot inside one of the deep veins in a person’s body, especially in the legs. It is a dangerous condition because a blood clot in a deep vein can dislodge and move through the bloodstream, creating what is called an embolus. An embolus can quickly migrate to an artery in the lungs and rapidly block blood flow, causing a serious condition known as pulmonary embolism (PE) that can significantly damage the lungs or other body organs and may even cause death. Symptoms of DVT range from unnoticeable to substantial pain and swelling at the site of the thrombosis. Diagnosis is confirmed through examination and imaging, and treatment is provided in the form ...

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