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What is DVT?

DVT is a blood clot that develops within a vein, usually in a deep vein running in the muscles of the calf or thigh. It can cause pain and swelling and can be dangerous as it can lead to a pulmonary embolism where a piece of the clot detaches and blocks blood vessels in the lungs. This happens in 1 in 10 cases of DVT if left untreated.

Treatment

Treatment for DVT usually involves anti-coagulant medication such as heparin and warfarin.

Prevention

Whatever treatment you are having, if a hospital admission is involved, your doctors should always assess the risk of DVT. This is especially the case in the event of lower limb amputation. It is essential that the doctors treating you recognise the risk and make plans to for prevention, diagnosis and early treatment of DVT.

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Our team of specialist amputation lawyers are here to help if you or your loved ones have been affected by complications such as DVT after amputation.

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