A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in certain veins of the legs, pelvis, or arms. Blood clots in these veins need to be treated because they can get bigger, break loose, and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs. A blood clot in a lung can be life-threatening.
Your child may need to take a blood thinner for 3 to 6 months or longer. Blood thinners help prevent new blood clots from forming. Blood thinners will not get rid of a blood clot your child already has, but they will keep the clot from getting bigger. Your child's body will get rid of most or all of the blood clot he or she already has over time.
If your child is taking a blood thinner, be sure you get instructions about how to take this medicine safely. Blood thinners can cause serious bleeding problems.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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