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Some people are born with an increased tendency to form blood clots. These are called inherited blood-clotting disorders. They are often related to:
Other people get blood clots because of a health problem. Blood clots can happen after surgery or injury. And they can happen when a person doesn't move around for a long time.
Blood clots can be especially serious when they are in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
There are several tests that can help find the cause of a blood clotting problem. Talk to your doctor about whether you need testing.
These tests may include:
Other Works Consulted
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology
Current as ofJune 4, 2016
Current as of:
June 4, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology
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