Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms deep within a vein, typically in the leg. Blood clots are usually small and break down naturally without causing any further problems. However, when an individual has a large clot, it can lead to a blockage of blood flow within the veins.
This blockage can cause swelling and inflammation in the affected area, as well as pain and tenderness. It can also become warm and red, and may be associated with a mild fever. Patients who present with any of these symptoms must be referred to their GP.
Can you answer the following questions about DVT?
- DVT is a common condition, which affects one in 1,000 people in the UK each year.
True or false?
- If DVT is suspected, the doctor may refer a patient for