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chronic DVT
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chronic DVT

I am 63 years old diabetic I returned from a long 11 hour (7 hr plus delays)  flight from Europe in January . i was experiencing  leg ,knee pain which I attributed to  bad knee arthritis ,tried to control it with Motrin.
Recently (month MAY)  I went to my  doctor  and was diagnosed Chronic DVT. and he questions value of treatment.
What else should I watch for?, get it treated or not, what can be my complications .  I am a your international patient from India  for this forum .

thank you very much
koshi K
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Hello koshi
The risk of DVT is embolization to the heart or lungs. this occurs when a piece of fresh blood clot dislodges and migrates. This usually occurs only with new clots (less than 6 weeks). The risk of embolization is substantially less in older clots and approaches 0. long periods of immobilization are definately a risk factor for DVT.such as on an air flight. I instruct people to walk frequently and to pump their calf muscles in this circumstance. At this point, the most common complication of an old DVT is leg swelling becaue of damage to the valves of the veins. good luck
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