When we cut our finger and blood is exposed to air, it forms a blood clot, saving us from bleeding. Sometimes we form a form a blood clot within a blood vessel (deep vein thrombosis), which can cause pain and swelling. If some of the blood clot separates it can reach the lung causing a pulmonary embolism.


There are a number of ways to assess the possibility of a DVT, D-dimers and blood flow (Doppler) assess of the legs or area causing concern. If a DVT is diagnosed an anticoagulant is used to reduce the risk of more clots and manage the current DVT.

Getting help
If you wish to make an appointment to seek further advice and or treatment, please email Dr Harrington's secretary.