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Forum Name: Clots & Anticoagulants

Question: tender lumps in calf


 alsaja - Sat May 09, 2009 10:24 am

About three weeks ago, my whole calf became bruised, very tender to the touch and swollen. I took an aspirin for 4 consecutive days and the bruising and swelling went away. However now I have two lumps one about 1 inch long and one about 1/2 inch long along the same vein on the inside of my right calf. They are quite tender. Could these be clots? Should I see a doctor?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sun May 10, 2009 8:42 pm

User avatar Hi there --

You should see a doctor at once, or better even, just walk into an emergency room if one is handy, and have this checked with doppler ultrasound ASAP, as this does sound like classic deep vein thrombosis (DVT) just on the face of it. If it's not, great, but you certainly have described the classic picture of it, and this can become a serious problem if left alone.

Have this checked pronto and then please get back with us and give us an update. Good luck to you.
 alsaja - Mon May 11, 2009 9:44 am

Thanks for such a prompt response! I went to my doctor first thing this morning and he said it was superficial thrombophlebitis, he didn't think there was any need for an ultrasound at this point. I'm going to look into whether there are any blood clotting disorders in my family's medical history though.

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