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How can I tell if deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and thrombophlebitis is causing my legs to swell?

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One of the first symptoms of DVT or thrombophlebitis is a swollen leg, as blood pools in the area. Check with your doctor right away if you have swelling in one leg or any of these other symptoms:

  • Leg pain, tenderness, or cramping
  • Skin that's tinged red or blue
  • Skin that feels warm

SOURCES:

Alicia Groft, MD, associate professor of medicine, Dartmouth Medical School.

CDC: "National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet."

Ely, J.W. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, March-April 2006.

March of Dimes: "Swelling."

Mayo Clinic: “Leg Swelling.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Signs and Symptoms of Blood Clots." 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?"

National Institutes of Health: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Nationwide Children's Hospital: "Swelling: The Body's Reaction to Injury."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Alicia Groft, MD, associate professor of medicine, Dartmouth Medical School.

CDC: "National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet."

Ely, J.W. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, March-April 2006.

March of Dimes: "Swelling."

Mayo Clinic: “Leg Swelling.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Signs and Symptoms of Blood Clots." 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?"

National Institutes of Health: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Nationwide Children's Hospital: "Swelling: The Body's Reaction to Injury."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 15, 2020

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