A venous thrombosis is an obstruction of a vein, usually in the lower limbs, due to formation of a blood clot (thrombosis).
Symptoms of venous thrombosis
Venous thrombosis is always accompanied by pain, warmth and swelling of the affected limb.
Treatment of venous thrombosis
If Venous thrombosis affects the superficial vein, it can be prevented or treated by wearing compression stockings. If it affects the deep veins, anti-inflammatory drugs and anticoagulants are prescribed to dissolve the clot and avoid other new clots forming.
Consequences of venous thrombosis
If left untreated, venous thrombosis can cause a pulmonary embolism if the clot becomes detached and migrates into the pulmonary artery.
Venous thrombosis usually affects the lower-limb veins. © o5com, Flickr, CC by-sa 2.0