Upper Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Case Report of an Increasingly Common Condition

  • Alexander W Y Chen Cardiology Department, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, UK.
  • Kaveh Oraii Yazdani Cardiovascular Intervention Department, Tehran Heart Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Luciano Candilio Cardiology Department, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, UK.
Keywords: Upper extremity deep vein thrombosis • Thromboembolism • Axillary vein • Subclavian vein

Abstract

Upper limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a less common phenomenon than lower limb DVT.  Repeated trauma secondary to sport- or job-related arm movements and positions has been recognized as the predisposing factor for upper limb DVT. We describe a 38-year-old male computer programmer admitted with swelling and pain in his left upper limb. Venous duplex ultrasound confirmed the presence of axillary vein thrombosis. Coagulation studies for secondary thrombosis were unremarkable. The patient was treated with full anticoagulation using low molecular weight heparin and warfarin. On subsequent follow-up at 3 months, the patient was symptom free and duplex sonography showed no evidence of thrombosis.

Author Biographies

Alexander W Y Chen, Cardiology Department, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, UK.
Cardiology Department
Kaveh Oraii Yazdani, Cardiovascular Intervention Department, Tehran Heart Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Unit of cardiovascular interventions
Luciano Candilio, Cardiology Department, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, UK.
Cardiology department
Published
2018-05-23
How to Cite
1.
Chen A, Yazdani K, Candilio L. Upper Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Case Report of an Increasingly Common Condition. jthc. 13(2):73-5.
Section
Case Report(s)