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What is the treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Superficial thrombophlebitis treatment
Treatment for superficial blood clots is symptomatic with:
leg compression, and
anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.
If the thrombophlebitis occurs near the groin where the superficial and deep systems join together, there is potential that the thrombus could extend into the deep venous system. These patients may require anticoagulation or blood thinning therapy (see below).
Deep venous thrombosis
The recommended length of treatment for an uncomplicated DVT is
three months. Depending upon the patient's situation, a longer duration of anticoagulation may be required.
The treatment for deep venous thrombosis is anticoagulation or "thinning the blood" with medications. There are times when anticoagulation may be more dangerous, for example,
if the patient has had recent major surgery (since anticoagulation would thin all the blood in the body, not just that in the leg, leading to significant bleeding issues), or abnormal reactions when previously exposed to blood thinner medications.