When a blood clot forms deep within the body, it is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Most DVTs occur in the veins of the leg or hip, but they can occur anywhere in the body. A DVT that develops in a vein in the thigh is usually more serious than one that develops in a vein in the lower leg.
Symptoms of this condition only occur about half the time and may include:
- Swelling of the leg
- Pain or tenderness in the leg
- Feeling of increased warmth in the area of the leg that is swollen or hurts
- Red or discolored skin.
If you suspect a DVT, see your healthcare provider right away. Treatment may involve anticoagulant medications or compression stockings, among other things.
(For more information, click Deep Vein Thrombosis. This full-length article addresses topics such as how the condition is diagnosed, associated complications, and risk factors.)