Deep Vein Thrombosis Pictures - 10 Photos & Images

Symptoms of deep venous thrombosis (Deep Vein Thrombosis) may include the following:

  • Edema - Most specific symptom
  • Leg pain - Occurs in 50% of patients but is nonspecific
  • Tenderness - Occurs in 75% of patients
  • Warmth or erythema of the skin over the area of thrombosis
  • Clinical symptoms of pulmonary embolism (PE) as the primary manifestation

As many as 46% with patients with classic symptoms have negative venograms, and as many as 50% of those with image-documented venous thrombosis lack specific symptoms.

No single physical finding or combination of symptoms and signs is sufficiently accurate to establish the diagnosis of DVT, but physical findings in DVT may include the following:

  • Calf pain on dorsiflexion of the foot (Homans sign)
  • A palpable, indurated, cordlike, tender subcutaneous venous segment
  • Variable discoloration of the lower extremity
  • Blanched appearance of the leg because of edema (relatively rare)

Potential complications of DVT include the following:

  • As many as 40% of patients have silent PE when symptomatic DVT is diagnosed
  • Paradoxic emboli (rare)
  • Recurrent DVT
  • Postthrombotic syndrome (PTS)
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