A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that occurs in the veins deep within the body. The most common places to suffer a deep vein thrombosis are in the calves of the legs, the pelvic region and thighs. The blood clot may remain within the veins or it may break off from the vein and travel to other parts of the body such as the brain or lungs, which can cause a pulmonary embolism or stroke. A heart attack may also occur as an indirect result of a deep vein thrombosis.
What causes a deep vein thrombosis?
The most common causes of deep vein thrombosis are sitting for extended periods of time in the same position, being rendered immobile after surgery, or undergoing oestrogen replacement therapy.
Can a deep vein thrombosis be treated?
A deep vein thrombosis can be treated via a number of methods. Simple measures such as using a warm compress can help to dissolve the clot and compressing the leg can keep the clot from spreading. In more complicated cases, blood thinners may be ingested orally or intravenously in order to break up the clot, although this may be difficult in the cases of those who have suffered a deep vein thrombosis after surgery, which precludes the use of blood thinners. Although not a method used in the majority of cases, surgery may also be required to remove the clot manually.
Can I make a claim for a deep vein thrombosis?
If you’ve suffered a deep vein thrombosis, perhaps in the wake of surgery after an accident at work, you could be entitled to claim compensation. If this happened within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice