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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Caused by Doctor’s Mistake After Surgery Not To Use Anticoagulant

This case study involves a very young man in his early 20s who has a condition that causes his blood to clot more than normal called Leiden Factor V deficiency. This patient underwent knee surgery but his doctors failed to give him anticoagulation medicine to prevent his blood from clotting due to the surgery.

Orthopedists are not experts in this blood condition. Therefore, it was a mistake for the doctors to forego consulting with a blood expert (hematologist) to determine if this Leiden Factor V deficiency created any special concerns in regard to this patients surgery and post-surgical treatment.

Because his doctors failed to give him Heparin or some other anticoagulant, the patient
suffered deep vein thrombosis which can be deadly. Luckily, this patient did not die. However, he does suffer from multiple serious and potentially deadly conditions including pulmonary embolism and multiple lung infarctions.

Lung infarctions are areas of the lung tissue that have died. Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery feeding the lungs usually from a blood clot. His lungs suffered serious damage as a result of these conditions.

The deep vein thrombosis also caused difficulties with standing and walking because it caused extreme swelling and pain in the effected leg.

If the orthopedists had just recognized that they did not possess the skill or expertise to deal with Leiden Factor V deficiency and consulted a doctor who did, this man would not have suffered these serious injuries.

For more on medical safety issues, see the Medical Malpractice library section by Daytona Beach Medical Malpractice attorney.


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