What are the symptoms of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jul 05, 2017
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Answer

Symptoms of DVT may include the following:

  • Edema - Most specific symptom

  • Leg pain - Occurs in 50% of patients but is nonspecific

  • Tenderness - Occurs in 75% of patients

  • Warmth or erythema of the skin over the area of thrombosis

  • Clinical symptoms of PE as the primary manifestation

As many as 46% with patients with classic symptoms have negative venograms, [2] and as many as 50% of those with image-documented venous thrombosis lack specific symptoms. [2, 3]


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