Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of blood clots within the deep veins in the body. The formation of blood clots is more common in the legs. Blood clots usually develop after long flights, long car rides, bed rest after surgery, obesity, ingestion of contraceptive pills or caused by inherited clotting problems. Not all blood clots are dangerous, but those present in deep veins are, as they can break loose and travel into the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Symptoms and Diagnosis
Clotting isn’t always recognized immediately, but there are a few symptoms that are most often associated with deep vein thrombosis:
- Leg pain and swelling
- Sensation of heaviness in the legs
- Discoloration of the skin
Usually, the first step is to conduct a good clinical history and physical exam by our primary care or referring physician. They then may order an ultrasound as the first screening test to make a diagnosis of DVT. If the source or extent of the DVT is not clear, you may need a venogram, CT or MRI scan.
Treatment Options for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
The standard of care for DVT is the administration of blood thinners. Your doctor will select the best blood thinner for the severity and extent of your condition. If your symptoms are severe and not responsive to blood thinners you will be referred to an interventional radiologist who will evaluate you and may offer a minimally invasive procedure to dissolve or suck out the clots from your veins to improve blood flow.
Our interventional radiology team uses advanced techniques to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) including:
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To schedule an appointment with one of our interventional radiologists, please call 847.570.2638.