DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS AND PULMONARY EMBOLISM, WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are potentially life threatening conditions and should be addressed promptly by experienced medical personnel. A pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a blood clot forms, also known as a thrombus, often in the deep veins of the legs (DVT). When a clot breaks away from the vein wall it is called an embolus. An embolus can then travel through the venous system and block the arterial blood flow into the lung or lungs, depending on the size of the embolus or if there are more than one (emboli).
Are you or someone you love permanently injured due to a medical professional’s negligence? A misdiagnosis or failure to treat your blood clot may make it possible for you to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and you may be eligible for compensation.
Who Is At Risk for Pulmonary Embolism and DVT?
Surgical patients are at increased risk of developing a DVT, especially after orthopedic hip and knee surgeries. This is because these patients are less mobile and with less movement blood moves slower through the veins and can create a blood clot.
Some medical conditions and medications increase your risk of developing blood clots, such as those with cancer, those with a history of previous DVT or PE, obesity, pregnancy, smoking, those using hormone therapy (such as birth control pills), and being older than 65.
Symptoms of a DVT:
Pain and tenderness of the calf or behind the knee.
Swelling of the calf.
Redness and warmth of the calf.
(DVT can happen in your arms, though not nearly as often as can happen in the lower extremities).
Symptoms of a PE:
Shortness of breath (the most common symptom of PE).
Chest pain, usually worse when breathing in.
A general sense of anxiety or nervousness.
Lightheadedness, dizziness or passing out.
Diagnostic tests for PE include electrocardiogram, chest x-ray, echocardiogram and CT pulmonary angiography. Laboratory tests may also aid in confirming or ruling out PE. Once a PE or DVT is identified treatment is aimed at stopping the clot from growing. Medications will be given to help thin your blood to make it hard for the blood to clot. In certain cases, a surgical procedure called a thrombectomy may be performed to remove the blood clot from the vessel. Other treatments may also be indicated depending on what is clinically warranted for each individual.
Failure to diagnosis blood clot can be Medical Malpractice
If DVT or PE are not identified and treated timely they can result in serious injury or death. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys takes pride in treating every client like a member of their own family. We understand that when your loved one is suffering they need a strong voice to help navigate them through the legal process and we won’t stop until we get the right result for you. If you need to speak with a medical malpractice attorney about your case do not hesitate to contact Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys, we are here to answer any questions you may have. The consultation is free.Share this Article