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Differential diagnosis of Deep vein thrombosis from mechanical dysfunction of the lower leg.

Do you need that water pill for your swollen leg or is the problem mechanical?   Homans sign is a common test to diagnose a possible DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis aka DVT. A  manual examination of the calf and the patient’s vitals can determine the medical necessity for performing an ultrasound on the leg to determine whether a clot has formed. While neither a Homan sign nor an ultrasound Doppler is 100 percent diagnostic, they can help determine if the patient has a serious problem developing. In most cases, the swelling will worsen and the area will feel warm when a Read More »