Deep Vein Thrombosis

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|Deep Vein Thrombosis |
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|Anatomy and Physiology 11 |
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|4/13/2010 |
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|Patricia Libby |
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A history of the patient must be taken to observe any risk factors such as, the use of estrogen-containing methods of hormonal contraception, also including, a recent long haul flying, intravenous drug use, or any history of miscarriage. Miscarriage is just one feature of several disorders causing thrombosis. The risk of DVT is higher (in real long haul flying), in travelers who smoke, are obese, or are currently taking contraceptive pills. Hereditary factor may also be a contributor in the development of DVT. This is why a family history should be done. Along with the fact about 35% of DVT patients have at least on hereditary disorder which promotes excessive blood clotting.

DVT can develop by lying in bed for long periods of time. Therefore, hospitalized patients have a considerably higher incidence of DVT. It varies from 20% to about 70%. (cdc.gov). Venous ulceration and venous insufficiency of a person’s lower leg, which are long term complications of DVT affect five tenth of a percent of the entire population.

Prevention of DVT is advised in many medical and surgical inpatients by using anticoagulants, graduated compression stockings or intermittent pneumatic compression devices, (also known as thromboembolic deterrent stockings). Anticoagulation is the usual treatment for DVT. As a rule, patients are put on a brief course, (less than a week), of Heparin treatment, while starting a 3 to 6 month course of Warfarin (or related Vitamin K
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