Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Glossary

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.

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