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Brother suffers from Ataxia, Friday went to Accident &

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Brother suffers from Ataxia, Friday went to Accident & Emergency with right leg (hip to knee) badly swollen and hard plus warm to touch. Diagnosed with blood clot and given blood thinner medication. Question is the leg is now starting to swell below the knee into the calf, should we go back to emergency department or is this the next step and normal?

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The swelling is due to the blockage to the blood flow in the veins affected by the blood clots. This is expected for first 4 to 6 weeks. Compression stockings, leg elevation as much as possible will help to reduce the swelling. Lasix or diuretic pills also may help to some extent. In some cases, blood clots may need to be removed from the deep veins to improve blood flow. He should consult with a vascular surgeon for further evaluation. ER visit not necessary.
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