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What are the long-term effects of postthrombotic syndrome in deep vein thrombosis?

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Maybe half of people with postthrombotic syndrome end up with long-term effects, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Darkened skin color
  • Skin sores
  • Varicose veins

Because blood that isn't flowing well is more likely to clot, you could also get another deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism.

SOURCES:

American Venous Forum: "Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis and Its Complications."

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Pulmonary Embolus."

NHS Choices: "Deep vein thrombosis - Complications."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Venous Forum: "Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis and Its Complications."

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Pulmonary Embolus."

NHS Choices: "Deep vein thrombosis - Complications."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 25, 2019

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