Deep Vein Thrombosis (Clot) in the Leg
A DVT – deep vein thrombosis is a clot in the main veins of the leg. A DVT is a serious diagnosis as it is a cause of pulmonary embolism (clot in the lungs). The clot from the leg can travel to the lungs and is a cause of chest pain and sudden death.
A DVT can happen in the arms or legs, but leg DVTs are much more common.
Risk factors for DVT
Long haul flight
Factor V Leiden
A DVT is diagnosed using Ultrasound with Doppler. It a first line and a very sensitive test.
The doctor will use the ultrasound probe with a water-based jelly on your skin to examine the major veins of the entire leg from the groin to the calf.
Due to COVID working practices, you can bring one person to accompany you in the scanning room.
There will also be a qualified chaperone present in the scan room along with the doctor.
Please dress appropriately to allow for easy access to the body being examined with ultrasound.