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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is venous embolism?

Venous embolism is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins. Most often occurs in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm and travels to the lungs (known as pulmonary embolism). Causes of venous thrombosis Spinal cord injury, fracture of hip or leg or other trauma, cancers, heart disease, stroke, obesity, prolonged bed rest and inherited risk factors like gene mutations.

Symptoms related to venous embolism

  • Swollen legs / fluid retention in the legs

  • Swelling or water retention on one side of the body

  • Muscle pain in the limbs when pressed or squeezed

  • Skin problem of the legs, in the area between thigh and ankle

  • Calf pain

  • Affected area is warm to touch

  • Hands and feet are cold

Questions your doctor may ask to check for venous embolism

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose venous embolism

  • Do you have swollen legs?

  • Do you have swelling on one side of your body?

  • Do you have pain in the arm and the leg when they are grasped?

  • Do you have symptoms on the skin of your leg/s?

  • Do you have calf pain?

Treatment for venous embolism

Venous embolism requires immediate treatment and treatable if discovered early. Quick acting blood thinner or anticoagulants like Heparin is often injected through the vein or under the skin, followed by oral anticoagulants. Management of primary cause is required.

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