What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis and of Pulmonary Embolism?
Only about half of the people with deep vein thrombosis have symptoms. The symptoms may include: Deep vein thrombosis • Swelling of the leg • Pain or tenderness in the leg-the pain is usually in one leg and may only be present when standing or walking • Feeling of increased warmth in the area of the leg that is swollen or that hurts • Red or discolored skin. Pulmonary embolism • Chest pain when you take a deep breath • Shortness of breath. Some people only find out they have a deep vein thrombosis after the clot has moved from the leg and traveled to the lung (pulmonary embolism). It is important to see a doctor right away if you have symptoms of a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Diagnosed? Your doctor will obtain a medical history and examine you to determine if you have deep vein thrombosis. Duplex ultrasound is the most common test used to diagnose deep vein clots. It uses sound waves to evaluate the flow of blood in your veins. A gel is put o