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Prolonged dependency of a limb, such as occurs during long flights, can lead to the formation of a deep venous thrombus (blood clot) in the extremity. Signs and symptoms can include:
When present, an examination of the leg by medical professional is recommended, as well as an ultrasound study if warranted by the exam.
If you develop signs or symptoms of a pulmonary embolism — a life-threatening complication of deep vein thrombosis — seek medical attention right away. The warning signs of a pulmonary embolism include:
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