Very often people may be confused, at no fault of their own, with regards to medical terms. The issue of “blood clot” is an example of this issue.
Blood clot can also be referred to as phlebitis, thrombosis, or thrombophlebitis. All of these carry the same meaning that is blood trapped in a vein.
The next issue then is to differentiate between a superficial and a deep vein blood clot, as their treatment will be different. Superficial vein blood clots are readily visible on the surface of the skin. They present as a firm, red streak over the anatomical course of the vein. This is so because it is an inflammatory reaction which causes the red discoloration and it is firm because blood is trapped inside the blood vessel. Deep vein blood clots are not visible, as these veins are located deep to the surface. They most often cause swelling and discomfort of the extremity, as again blood is trapped inside the blood vessel, not allowing the blood to flow out of the extremity and back to the heart.
It is important to be evaluated as soon as possible for either of these situations so that the diagnosis can be made and the appropriate treatment can be organized. The “gold” standard test is known as a venous duplex ultrasound. Again to avoid any potential for confusion, this test may also be referred to as a Doppler, sonogram, or ultrasound.
In a future blog, I will deal with the management of superficial vein thrombosis, and deep vein thrombosis.
If you have any questions about blood clots in the vein, call NYC best vein doctor, Dr. Norman Chideckel today!