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Post-thrombotic syndrome

Post-thrombotic syndrome (also called postphlebitic syndrome) is a complication of a blood clot that forms in a deep vein. Post-thrombotic syndrome occurs because of damage to the vein caused by the blood clot (thrombosis).

Post-thrombotic syndrome can be a long-term problem that lasts for years. It can cause sores that are painful and hard to treat.

The symptoms include:

  • Pain, discomfort, swelling, or itching.
  • Slow-healing sores.
  • Brownish discoloration of the skin.
  • Fragile skin on the area, which bruises easily. The skin may be dry and may peel.

Compression stockings may be used to reduce swelling and relieve symptoms.

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