Symptoms of DVT in the Legs

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot that develops in the deep venous system. DVTs are most frequently formed in the lower extremities, and although they can occur in the upper extremities as well as the pelvis, it is much less common. DVT is an independent disease often mistaken for thrombophlebitis, which is a complication of chronic venous insufficiency.

Mechanisms of developing DVT belong to one of the three following factors:

Deep vein thrombosis diagram

DVT Complications

Patients who have been diagnosed with DVT can experience painful symptoms impacting mobility and quality of life.

Short-term complications of DVT can lead to a life-threatening condition called Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Pulmonary embolism is caused by the detachment (embolization) of a DVT that travels to the lungs. Collectively, DVT and PE are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). It is estimated that in the United States, 900,000 people are affected by VTEs yearly.

The long-term complication of DVT is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS). This is when the blood clot damages the small valves of the vein which are responsible for propelling the blood in the right direction. This damage results in chronic pain, swelling, heaviness, cramping, skin discoloration, and the formation of venous ulcers. PTS occurs in up to 60% of patients with a history of DVT

DVT Risk Factors

Symptoms of DVT in the Legs

Although most DVT can be asymptomatic, common signs and symptoms of DVT include:

What is the Treatment for DVT in Legs?

DVT signs and symptoms

When Should I See a Doctor for Symptoms of DVT?

You should see a deep vein thrombosis doctor if DVT symptoms in your legs affect your daily activities. Persistent symptoms of DVT in the legs may be an indicator of “trophic changes,” or pathological developments in the tissue structure. This may indicate venous insufficiency that has gone untreated for a long time. 

Whereas in the earlier stages of the disease pain can be relieved by rest or limb elevation, the later stages can lead to sensory neuropathy or damage of the nerve receptors. This damage can cause a variety of sensations. Left untreated, this tenderness can even lead to numbness.

The New York Vein Treatment Center offers exceptional care and treatment. Don’t wait until DVT symptoms develop into long-term complications. We are the premier treatment center in New York that offers comprehensive treatment for deep vein thrombosis symptoms in the legs and other venous diseases. If you are looking for relief from symptoms of DVT and need treatment, contact us today at (212) 575-8346 to schedule an appointment.

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