Venous Thromboembolism

Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are the two sides of the same disease, which we call venous thromboembolic disease and which we refer to as VTE

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Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are two signs of the same disease, which we call venous thromboembolism and we usually refer to it as VTE.

When VTE manifests itself in the form of venous thrombosis, the symptoms usually appear in the limbs, especially in the lower limbs. When it appears as a pulmonary embolism, then the symptoms appear in the lungs.

Pulmonary embolism is considered the third main cause of vascular death, after a myocardium stroke and ictus.



VTE can appear in any person at any time. In this graph you can consult, with real time data from the RIETE Registry, the mortality associated with VTE


I have been told that I have an embolism in my lung. My father died of a brain embolism. Are we talking about the same disease?

Definitely not. Cerebral embolism is caused by a heart thrombus which breaks loose and travels, via the aorta, to the brain or to an artery in the leg. They are arterial embolisms. On the other hand, pulmonary embolism occurs when a thrombus in a vein (usually in a leg) breaks loose and travels via the vena cava up the trunk, passing through the right side of the heart and pulmonary arteries, ending up in the lungs. Once in the lungs, it completely obstructs one or more arteries, causing pain and shortness of breath.


Two months ago I was diagnosed with a superficial thrombophlebitis in my left leg and I was prescribed 40 mg Clexane injections for 90 days. Today I woke up with pain in my right calf and I am not sure if I am just sore or I have DVT. I can see that both my legs are the same size and I don’t have any varices. Could it be DVT?

Having had a superficial thrombophlebitis a few days ago and now  experiencing pain in the other calf, you may have a new thrombosis in that leg. I suggest you visit your doctor who will perform an echo-doppler to see if you have a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), a superficial thrombosis or maybe you just experience some soreness.



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If there are any aspects of thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism that you are not sure about, you can contact us, and our specialists will answer you shortly. This cannot replace the visit to your doctor

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