Thrombosis Long-term Sequelae

One year after a thrombosis, constant leg discomfort persists in every other patient

By long-term sequelae we mean those symptoms or signs that persist for months or years after an illness. A year after suffering a DVT, every other patient still reports constant  leg discomfort, i.e.pain, cramps, tingling, itching, a heavy sensation or swelling, or a combination of the above.

In addition, when examining the leg, it can appear a little bit swollen,  especially above the ankle, and the skin color may change, becoming darker.

If this continues, ulcers may appear which are usually not painful, but they can easily become infected and ooze.

To prevent such complications, doctors recommend that patients walk frequently, do not sit cross-legged, and whenever possible, slightly raise their leg when seated. In standing, a strong compression stocking must be worn.

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