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Preventable Blood Clot

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 22, 2007
  • 01:27 AM

About four years ago my husband developed a lump in the back of his calf. We went to our family Dr and without lifting his pantleg of jeans, diagnosed my husband with a fatty tumor. Mind you he just felt my husband's leg- never looked. Finally in 11/2006 I made him go to a new Dr because the lump went from a size of a roll of quarters to the size of grapefruit and was spreading down his leg. Come to find out he had varicose veins. We were refered to a specialist who said they were the biggest he had seen in his career. Upon doing an ultrasound they found a clot in my husband's groin area. Our surgeon said that about another inch and we would be in huge trouble. Needless to say, no surgery. He is on warfarin until August. He has an aunt who had a brain embolism and a grandfather that had clots and died of a heartattack. He tested negative for Factor V. If anyone has any info or ideas it would be appreciated. My husband is only 30 yrs old and all the causes of blood clots don't fit. The nurse and nurse practioner that we see think we shoud sue. We are so undecided. Another specialist said that surgery may never be an option, he will have to wear support stockings for the rest of his life, and he really shouldn't be in his line of work because it puts him at more of a risk. The medical bills are adding up and we have 3 children aged 5 and under. Any ideas?

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