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How is Deep Vein Thrombosis diagnosed?

This question was asked in Stockton, Iowa and has 14 answer(s) as of 05/16/2013.
How would a doctor go about determining if I have Deep Vein Thrombosis? I've heard that its cause is mainly a hereditary issue, but I'm not sure.


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Deep Vein Thrombosis is diagnosed by an ultrasound. If you have this problem you will need to take blood thinner medication. This is a serious condition and if not treated can lead to blood clots in your lungs and brain. The symptoms of deep vein thrombosis are usually pain in the back of your leg with swelling.

A deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs. This is a serious medical condition because the blood clot can travel via the deep venous system to the lungs and cause a lethal pulmonary embolism. A DVT can be diagnosed by an experienced vascular physician or ultrasonographer with a Duplex ultrasound examination. The ultrasound technology which requires a specific vascular probe and frequency, allows us to visualize veins that are not visible to the naked eye, including the deep veins which are burried within the muscles of the legs. A DVT study is performed when a person has signs and symptoms of a lower extremity DVT. It is a painless study and takes about 30 minutes.

DVT is a deep blood clot. It can easily be diagnosed with an ultrasound. DVT's usually cause leg pain and/or swelling. Causes for DVT can include vein disease, clotting disorders, long travel or recent surgery.

A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot (thombosis) in a deep vein - typically in the legs. Deep veins travel through the muscles and are relatively large in size. Symptoms may include pain (or may be painless), swelling (usually only one leg), and it may be warm or tender over the clot. The primary danger is not the circulation in the leg but that a large clot may suddenly break free and travel to the lungs (embolization) where it abruptly stops blood flow resulting in severe hypoxia or death. Risks of a DVT include large surgeries (especially orthopedic); following leg traumas (especially involving crush injuries); cancers, pregnancies, or with other coagulation disorders (congenital or acquired); prolonged inability to walk; and to a lesser degree smoking, poorly controlled diabetes, and hormone supplementation including birth control pills. They have also rarely been seen to happen spontaneously with no apparent cause. Individuals suspected of having a DVT may be evaluated by a physician using a clinical risk scale and symptoms, and a D-dimer blood test is often used. A definitive diagnosis can be made by finding the clot on ultrasound examination, and treatment is with anti-coagulation to dissolve the clot and prevent recurrences.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is best diagnosed by an ultrasound or "venous duplex" examination. This test is painless, and is done when someone has symptoms suggesting DVT. If you have swelling in one leg only, groin pain, or pain in the leg that has come on more suddenly rather than gradually, it could be an indication of DVT. It is more common to occur if you are or have been recently hospitalized, have had recent surgery, recent childbirth, have cancer, or have been sitting for a prolonged time such as on a long trip. It can happen to anyone. Heredity plays a role if your family has a blood factor that makes it more likely that you develop blood clotting.

Deep Vein Thrombosis is diagnosed by a smile ultrasound. These are non invasive tests that are the gold standard. Any symptoms of pain in the leg, swelling or redness should be evaluated with an ultrasound.

DVT's are diagnosed with ultrasound. If there is a blood clotting disorder in your family tree, then it may be hereditary. Otherwise there are multiple potential secondary causes not related to genes.

Deep Vein Thrombosis [DVT ] is usually diagnosed by ultrasound exam. DVTs are cause by illness, surgery, trauma and immobility, such as long plane flights. However there are inherited risk factors such as clotting disorders. One the most common clotting disorders [coagulopathy] is factor V leiden deficiency, which is inherited.

Deep Vein Thrombosis is diagnosed by an ultrasound evaluation of the deep vein system of a leg. This is done for a person who has an acutely swollen leg. Hereditary defects in the blood clotting mechanism play a role in the development of a DVT. A person can also have a greater risk of DVT from being diagnosed with cancer, undergoing long abdominal and pelvic surgeries, having total hips and knee replacements, being involved in major trauma, or long airplane rides.

DVT is diagnosed with ultrasound and in the vast majority of cases heredity is just one of the causes there are numerous websites that discuss the familial traits.

A venous ultrasound exam is the best way to make this diagnosis.

The gold standard for diagnosing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a venous duplex ultrasound. This is a painless test where the legs are scanned in the office using an ultrasound probe and some gel. If there is a blood clot (thrombosis) in a vein, it will be detected. Of course, the patient's medical history and physical examination are important too. Certain blood tests, such a D-dimer, can also help alert the physician to the presence of a DVT, but an ultrasound is still needed. Most DVTs are NOT hereditary. The biggest risk factors for developing a DVT are: previous DVT, recent surgery, diagnosis of cancer, and prolonged bed rest. Long plane rides and car rides and birth control pills are also mild risk factors. On rare occasions, a patient might have inherited a hypercoagulable condition called thrombophilia, which would make them at increased risk for a DVT.

DVT (deep vein thrombosis) can be diagnosed by clinical examination based on the patient's symptoms and the appearance of the limb. It's confirmed by visualizing the clot in the deep veins of the with Dupplex Ultrasound Evaluation. This condition can be hereditary. There're specific blood tests that can determine if a person has inherited the condition.

The most reliable way to diagnose deep vein thrombosis is with venous color duplex ultrasound of the area of concern. Clinical impressions often prove to be incorrect and ultrasound is essential for proper evaluation of these concerns.

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