Upper Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis

The Sports Physio

A few months ago I had patient with a suspected Deep Vein Thrombosis but unusually of the upper limb. As this was a rare case and as I have only ever come across this potentially serious complication once before, I thought it would be a good idea to write the case up and and take a look at the literature around upper limb DVTs.

What is a DVT?

A thrombosis is blood clot that occludes or blocks the normal flow of blood through an artery or vein. The risks of a DVT are not just the restriction of blood circulation causing conditions such a compartment syndrome, but more seriously there is a risk of life threatening conditions such as heart failure, stroke and pulmonary embolisms.

DVTs can occur anywhere (I had a patient a few years ago who had one just in the tip of her thumb) however, they usually…

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