Deep Vein Thrombosis: GlossaryThursday, June 14, 2012 - 13:00
Here are definitions of medical terms related to deep vein thrombosis.
Cellulitis: An infection in tissue under the skin.
Compression stocking: A tightly fitted sock, either from the toes to the knee or to the top of the leg, which applies a gentle pressure to the leg and helps with the flow of blood in the veins.
Computerized axial tomography scanner (CT scan): A noninvasive imaging technique that passes X-rays through a patient's body from various angles.
EKG (electrocardiogram): A test to record the electric currents produced by the heart.
Embolus: A blood clot that detaches from the inside of a blood vessel and travels in the bloodstream (can also be fat, air, or a piece of tumor).
Iliofemoral vein: A large vein located in the groin area.
Intravenous: An injection made directly into the vein.
Lymphedema: Swelling in the hands and feet caused by blockage of the lymphatic transport system.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): An imaging technique that uses powerful magnets to create very clear images of the inside of the body.
Post-partum: The period following a live birth.
Superficial thrombophlebitis: A blood clot that forms in an inflamed part of a vein near the surface of the body.
Thrombus: A blood clot.
Ulcers: Open sores; a break in the skin.
Varicose vein: A vein that is abnormally widened and twisted due to defective valves in the vein.