Deep Vein Thrombosis

Medical and Health / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

“A clot in a blood vessel is called a thrombus, and venous thrombosis usually refers to a condition in the deep veins of the legs known as deep vein thrombosis. Thrombosis can occur in other veins, but it is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that is potentially dangerous. This paper will look at the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of deep vein thrombosis.

“The legs contain two major groups of veins: superficial veins which lie in the fatty layer under the skin, and deep veins which lie within the calf muscles. Short veins connect these two venous groups. Thrombi in the superficial veins are harmless, but thrombi in the deep veins can break loose and lodge in small arteries in the lung (emboli) obstructing blood flow (Berkow, Beers and Fletcher, 1997, p. 141). Most of the blood from the legs returns to the lungs, so large emboli can be fatal…”

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