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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein of the deep venous system. This can occur in the lower leg, thigh, pelvis, arm, or neck. A clot is blood that has thickened into a gel or solid. This condition is serious and can be life-threatening if the clot travels to the arteries of the lungs and causes a blockage (pulmonary embolism). A DVT can also damage veins in the leg, which can lead to long-term venous disease, leg pain, swelling, discoloration, and ulcers or sores (post-thrombotic syndrome).
If the clot is in your leg, you may notice that symptoms get worse when you stand or walk.
In some cases, there are no symptoms.
You may get some medical treatments for 6 months or longer.
If you are taking blood thinners:
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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