Which physical findings suggest 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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Answer

No single physical finding or combination of symptoms and signs is sufficiently accurate to establish the diagnosis of DVT, but physical findings in DVT may include the following:

  • Calf pain on dorsiflexion of the foot (Homans sign)

  • A palpable, indurated, cordlike, tender subcutaneous venous segment

  • Variable discoloration of the lower extremity

  • Blanched appearance of the leg because of edema (relatively rare)


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