Chapter 6: Clinical Presentation of Venous Thrombosis "Clots": Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolus
Original authors: Daniel Kim, Kellie Krallman, Joan Lohr, and Mark H. Meissner
Abstracted by Kellie R. Brown
- What are the most common signs and symptoms of a Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)?
- What are the most common signs and symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolus (PE)?
- How is a DVT diagnosed?
- How is a PE diagnosed?
The most common symptoms of DVT are pain and swelling, but many DVTs have no symptoms. The most common symptoms of PE are sudden onset of chest pain and shortness of breath. A low threshold to get further tests is needed in order to diagnose most DVTs because the symptoms are vague. DVT is usually diagnosed with ultrasound, and PE is usually diagnosed with CT scan, but other tests may be needed to make the diagnosis.