Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside a muscle in your body. It usually happens in the legs, but can also develop in your arms, chest, or other areas of your body. And though DVT is common, it can be dangerous. The blood clot can block your circulation or lodge in a blood vessel in your lungs, brain, heart, or other area. The clot can cause severe organ damage and even death -- within hours.
The main cause of DVT is poor blood flow. When circulation...
This test may be used to check your risk of a blood clot in a lung
(pulmonary embolism) after you stop taking
anticoagulants. The test can help your doctor decide if you should not take
anticoagulants anymore or if you should start taking them again.
A low d-dimer test result may mean that a deep vein thrombosis or
pulmonary embolism is less likely. A high d-dimer test result may not always be
caused by a blood clot in the leg or lung.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology
January 5, 2010
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January 05, 2010
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