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DISEASE STUDIES

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots happen when the blood’s tendency to thicken and stick together increases. Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can occur in other parts of the body.

A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. The loose clot is called an embolus). It can travel to an artery in the lungs and block blood flow. This condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE).

A pulmonary embolism is a very serious health problem. It can damage the lungs and other organs of the body, even causing death.

The blood clots that form in the thighs have more probabilities of breaking loose and causing a pulmonary embolism than those that form in the lower leg or other parts of the body.

GENE OR REGION STUDIED


  • F5
  • SELE
  • LPL