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DVT – Symptoms and Testing

March 14, 2021


DVTs often cause pain in the arm or leg with the blood clot. DVTs are most common in the leg, but we can also get them in the arms. They cause redness, swelling and pain, downstream from the location of the clot. Sometimes people will only feel pain or notice redness or have swelling, but will not have any of the other symptoms. After getting a history of your symptoms and examining your arms or legs, the emergency department team may send a blood test called a D-dimer to check if you have a clot. Sometimes, depending on your medical history, the provider will order an ultrasound of the affected body part to check for the clot.

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