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Deep Vein Thrombosis Embolism Death | Daytona Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Doctor’s Mix-up Causes Woman’s Death From DVT Pulmonary Embolism

A 38-year-old woman died because her doctor mixed up or forgot the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), otherwise known as a blood clot. The woman had several risk factors for and symptoms of DVT including persistent leg pain without evidence of a pulled muscle, swelling and obesity.

Several medical experts opined in this case that when a doctor is presented with these risk factors and symptoms in a patient, the doctor must explore the possibility of a DVT. This woman died because her doctor ignored those signs and did not diagnose her DVT.

The woman had no prior medical issues and was taking no medications. However, she had been experiencing persistent leg pain for 4 to 5 days that would not improve. When she visited her primary care physician, the doctor dismissed the possibility that it was a blood clot because her leg was not red.

However, redness is a sign of a less serious type of blood clot – a superficial phebitis. The deep vein blood clot does not produce redness. Her doctor ordered blood work but did not order any imaging work to diagnose a DVT and did not administer any preventive medicine to treat the clot. Instead the doctor sent her home.

The very next morning the blood clot broke from the vein wall and traveled to her lungs causing a pulmonary thromboembolism which blocked blood to her lungs and killed her.

Experts opined that her doctor should have ordered doppler imaging to diagnose the DVT and that treatment likely would have saved her.

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