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How long can deep vein thrombosis go untreated for?

Does deep vein thrombosis need to be treated or can it go away by itself? How long can it be left untreated? What are the chances of deep vein thrombosis leading to a pulmonary embolism?

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Doctors Answers (4)

Acute deep vein thrombosis should not go untreated. It should absolutely be treated as soon as possible. Not all DVTs will cause pulmonary embolism. It depends on the extent and morphology of the clot. Pulmonary embolism can be fatal.

You need to see a physician if you have a deep vein thrombosis.

Deep vein thrombosis is a medical emergency and should be treated immediately. Everyone is at risk of developing pulmonary embolism which can lead to death. There may be symptoms such as pain, limb color change (red/blue), etc., but it may also be silent.

You must treat ALL deep vein thrombosis as serious and should seek medical care.

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