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Complications of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Pulmonary Embolism or PE

Pulmonary embolism is the major complication of deep vein thrombosis. It is a life threatening situation when a piece of this blood clot breaks away (embolus, plural=emboli), moves downstream through the heart into the pulmonary circulation system, and reaches the lung. When it happen the patient complains of chest pain and shortness of breath. Sometimes they may also have blood in the sputum.

Post-phlebitic syndrome is another complication. Patient develops a chronically swollen and painful limb. Skin colour changes and ulcers ensue.


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Nurgul Sunday, October 14, 2012

Does anybody know where is the best place for my mom to have a surgery of deep vein thrombosis? Doctor said she must have an operation but he said in our country is not the best place to do it... He has advised Israel, Russia... what do you think?

josgreg Saturday, March 19, 2011

The article provided a nice graphical view on the disease which was of the more specific on the topic. Diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis To diagnose this condition, you may have to undergo the following tests in an infirmary: >A blood test which is named as D-Dimer is usually done to measure a substance which is responsible for blood clots to break down. If you have negative reading in this test, it tells that you have deep vein thrombosis.

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