Deep & Superficial Vein Thrombosis (DVT & SVT)

Deep & Superficial Vein Thrombosis (DVT & SVT)

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Superficial Thrombophlebitis
Superficial Venous Thrombophlebitis (SVT) is the term used for blood that becomes turbulent and pools near the surface of the skin, resulting in a clot in a superficial vein. Superficial refers to the veins just below the skin's surface. Blood clotting and swelling in superficial veins rarely cause serious problems, but they can be extremely painful and lead to weeks of incapacitation while the leg heals. Frequent clots require treatment to fix the underlying venous insufficiency.

Most superficial veins develop dysfunction at junctions with deep veins. It is crucial to treat a vein at the source of the problem. A thorough "vein mapping" with ultrasound is a critical part of evaluation and treatment of SVT.

Deep Vein Thrombosis
Clots that occur in the deep vein system are called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This is a serious, life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical care. A clot in a deep vein can move through the bloodstream resulting in embolism. Many factors contribute to DVT risk including inherited disorders, certain medications or vein injuries. Sitting in a confined space or traveling for long periods can also increase the risk of DVT.

What Are the Symptoms of DVT?
If you have any of the following symptoms, contact Locastro Vein Center. Early detection can prevent pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot breaks away and travels to an artery in your lung, causing a blockage.

  • Swelling in your leg, ankle or foot

  • Pain in your leg, ankle or foot

  • Unusual hot feeling on the skin of your leg

  • Skin color changes

What Are the Treatments for DVT?
DVT treatment varies. You might need blood-thinning medication like heparin or warfarin, which prevents clotting. If blood-thinning medications aren't working, your doctor could prescribe medication that breaks up clots. Wearing compression stockings is another treatment for DVT.

While symptoms of venous disease can increase the chances of experiencing SVT, DVT is not a symptom of the progression of venous disease. However, irritation of the vein wall, which occurs in SVT, can be a risk factor for DVT. We are happy to evaluate you in our office if you think you may have an SVT or DVT. Call us at 315-685-7943

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