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deep vein thrombosis frequently asked questions

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot formed in one of the deep veins, often in the leg, where a larger vein runs through the muscles of the calf to the thigh. It can also develop in a thigh, and more rarely, in an arm or pelvis.  
This is a blood clot which forms in the lower limb or pelvic veins and then comes loose and is carried in the bloodstream before blocking one of the blood vessels in the lungs.
As with most medical negligence claims, you have three years from the date you received negligent treatment, or the date you became aware there was negligence. 
There are many reasons DVT or pulmonary embolisms may go undetected. These include: 
  • Patient not correctly assessed for the risk of developing DVT; 
  • Patient not correctly investigated for DVT being present; 
  • Patients not being made aware of the risk of developing DVT and what to look out for; 
  • Failure to follow guidelines. 
A misdiagnosis of DVT can cause, in some circumstances, a pulmonary embolism, post-thrombotic syndrome, or even death. 
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