Deep vein thrombosis

Varicose veins occur when the valves inside veins, usually veins in the leg or ankle, malfunction. Instead of helping blood flow upward towards the heart, these faulty valves allow blood to collect in the veins. The veins themselves can become twisted, weakened, elevated above the skin and painful.

Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, one that drains blood from a major area of the body. It is most common in the deep veins of the legs. If a clot travels through the veins to other parts of the body, it can cause serious complications or even death.

It can be treated through a therapy we perform called percutaneous management.

To learn more about DVT and treatment options, visit our UF Health Comprehensive Vein Center website.