This condition usually refers to a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the legs, which can lead to pain, swelling, and redness. If the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism, which can be life-threatening.
THE COMMON SYMPTOMS
- Sudden onset of leg pain
- Warmth to the touch
- Pulmonary embolism
- Postphlebitic syndrome (chronic swelling and pain)
- Prolonged immobility (sitting or standing for long periods of time)
- Certain medical conditions (cancer, heart disease, stroke)
- Recent surgery
- Family history of blood clots
Your doctor will likely start with a physical exam. They’ll look for signs of swelling and tenderness. They may also order tests, such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI to check for blockages in your veins.
Treatment depends on the severity of your condition. If you have a small clot, you may only need to take blood thinners. If you have a large clot, you may need surgery to remove it. You may also need to take blood thinners for several months after treatment.
You can help prevent this condition by staying active and moving around every few hours if you’re immobile for long periods of time. You should also wear loose fitting clothing and avoid crossing your legs when sitting. If you have any risk factors, talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk.
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THE BOTTOM LINE
Acute embolism and thrombosis of other specified bilateral deep vein of lower extremity is a condition that refers to a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the legs. It can lead to complications like pulmonary embolism and postphlebitic syndrome. There are various risk factors, such as prolonged immobility or certain medical conditions. Treatment depends on the severity of your condition but can include blood thinners or surgery. You can help prevent this condition by staying active and moving around every few hours if you’re immobile for long periods of time.
PATIENT SELF TESTING
Patients who are on blood thinning medications such as WARFARIN [COUMADIN] are often asked to monitor their PT/INR LEVEL regularly. They can easily perform their blood test with the help of PT/INR MONITORS at home and can get results immediately.