What is deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a manifestation of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Although most DVT is occult and resolves spontaneously without complication, death from DVT-associated massive pulmonary embolism (PE) causes as many as 300,000 deaths annually in the United States. [1] See the image below.

Deep venous thrombosis (DVT). The computed tomogra Deep venous thrombosis (DVT). The computed tomography venogram shows bilateral deep venous thrombosis (arrows).

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