Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a vein deep in the body. A blood clot is a buildup of red blood cells, proteins, and other cells in a vein. As the clot grows, it blocks blood flow in the vein.
In DVT, blood clots happen most often in the legs and pelvis. However, they can happen elsewhere.
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Last Updated: 9/8/2021
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