Question: How long can you have a DVT without knowing?

Can you have DVT for years without knowing?

Although many people with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) recover completely, up to 40 percent continue to experience symptoms in their arms or legs for years after their initial diagnosis.

How long can DVT last undetected?

A DVT or pulmonary embolism can take weeks or months to totally dissolve. Even a surface clot, which is a very minor issue, can take weeks to go away. If you have a DVT or pulmonary embolism, you typically get more and more relief as the clot gets smaller.

Can a DVT go undetected?

Part of the clot broke away and traveled to her lung. DVT often goes undetected, because symptoms, such as pain or swelling in the leg, shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing and dizziness, are missed or dismissed as minor. And in some cases, there are no symptoms until it is too late.

What can be mistaken for DVT?

Conditions Similar to DVT: How to Tell the DifferenceDeep Vein Thrombosis.Superficial Thrombophlebitis.Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)Varicose Veins.Spider Veins.Cellulitis.Vasculitis.Acute Arterial Occlusion. •Jan 28, 2021

Does a DVT hurt at rest?

But pain from a DVT blood clot will tend to get worse and not better with time or rest. Pain is another warning sign of a DVT blood clot. Like swelling, it usually only affects one leg and commonly starts in the calf. The pain may feel more like soreness, tenderness or achiness rather than a stabbing kind of pain.

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