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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Clotting Disorder

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in one of the deep veins in the body. This is often in a deep leg vein.

DVT complications

DVT can lead to complications such as pulmonary embolism, where the blood clot breaks up, or part of it travels through the heart into the lungs.

Common symptoms of DVT

DVT does not always produce symptoms, but where it does, the common signs are swelling, pain and heavy aching in the leg.

Who can be at risk of DVT

Those at increased risk of developing DVT are those who have undergone surgery or experienced physical trauma and will have significantly reduced mobility for more than 3 days. Obesity, diabetes and pregnancy are also risk factors. It is important for medical practitioners to recognise where patients are at risk of DVTs and take appropriate measures to try and prevent them from developing.

Appropriate treatment

Appropriate treatment for DVT can include mechanical (e.g. anti-embolism stockings, foot impulse devices and intermittent pneumatic compression devices) and pharmaceutical (anti-coagulation medication) prophylaxis.

Our experience

We have experience in acting for clients where there have been failures to identify and manage the risks accordingly. Where this occurs there may be a claim in clinical negligence.

If you would like any advice with regard to a misdiagnosis, failure to assess and manage the risks of DVT, or a delay in diagnosis or treatment in relation to DVT, please do not hesitate to get in touch.