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Deep Vein Thrombosis - Cause

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs. Things that lead to a blood clot in a vein include:

  • Slowed blood flow, which can happen when you're not active for long periods of time.
  • Abnormal clotting problems, which make the blood clot too easily or too quickly.
  • Injury to the blood vessels, because blood is more likely to clot in veins shortly after they are injured.

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    Last Updated: January 16, 2014
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