Symptoms of Blood Clotting Disorders
Generally, patients with thrombophilia, or blood clotting disorders, don’t experience symptoms until clots form in the blood vessels, thereby obstructing blood flow to certain areas of the body. Many patients with a mild form of a blood clotting disorder, and even some who have a more serious form, will never experience potentially life-threatening complications.
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There are two main types of blood clotting disorders (acquired and inherited), and though there are no specific thrombophilia symptoms to look out for in either type, the excessive clotting both types cause can result in serious medical problems, all of which have varied sets of symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:
- Deep vein thrombosis – This is a blood clot that develops in a large vein of the lower extremities. The most common symptoms include pain and swelling of the leg (typically in the calf), reddish skin, and a feeling of warmth in the leg.
- Pulmonary embolism – This occurs when a blood clot, which has usually formed in the deep veins of the leg, travels through the circulatory system to the lungs. Symptoms vary widely, but they often include chest pain, shortness of breath, and coughing.
Because thrombophilia itself does not cause symptoms, these serious medical issues may arise without warning. At Tampa General Hospital, our multispecialty team can provide timely, life-saving medical and surgical interventions for conditions like pulmonary embolism, but our specialists can also help patients manage their thrombophilia and reduce the likelihood of serious medical problems occurring because of the condition. Some options may include taking blood thinners or clot busters, wearing compression stockings, or having a vein filter inserted.