Venous Thrombosis
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From: Travel Health Information and Advice

See Also: Deep Vein Thrombosis

Venous Thrombosis
Venous Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot within a vein, if left untreated this can have life threatening consequences.

Cause of Venous Thrombosis
A venous thrombosis may occur if there are any changes to the blood flow or to the blood vessel walls, for example they can form after a direct trauma, a medical conditions such as heart disease or prolonged inactivity such as:

Symptoms of Venous Thrombosis
Symptoms will depend on the area that is affected but often include:

One of the complications that can occur from a venous thrombosis is the progression to a pulmonary embolism which occurs when a part of the blood clot travel through the right hand side of the heart where it blocks the pulmonary artery within the lungs. This is a potentially life threatening complication as it causes part of the lungs to stop working and can be fatal if left untreated. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain and breathing difficulty.

Prevention Of Venous Thrombosis
Seek medical advice prior to travelling to discuss your concerns with regards to venous thrombosis, especially if you have had a venous thrombosis before. There are several ways that you can help prevent blood clots from forming:

Diagnosing Venous Thrombosis
Diagnosis of the symptoms combined with a blood test and ultra sound.

Treatment of Venous Thrombosis
Treatment should be immediately sought if a blood clot is suspected, with patients often treated with anticoagulants to thin the blood and help prevent further clots from developing.