Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in the legs. Clots with inflammation in superficial or surface veins rarely cause serious problems, but deep vein thrombosis requires immediate medical attention. Deep vein clots are dangerous because they can break loose, travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, and block blood flow, a life-threatening condition called a pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis also can lead to long-lasting problems, such as vein damage that causes the leg to swell, ache and change color. Blood clots most often form in the calf and thigh veins, and they tend to occur when a person is inactive or sitting for extended periods such as on a long flight or car trip.


Whether you are looking for treatment for spider and varicose veins or a more complex vein problem, The UAB Vein Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation, specialized treatment, and compassionate care for the health of your veins.

As central Alabama’s premier comprehensive vein center, The UAB Vein Clinic provides state-of-the-art cosmetic, minimally-invasive, and surgical treatments by vascular specialists and medical experts who are specialty trained in vein disease.

The clinic, located at UAB Hospital-Highlands, provides outpatient care, while more intensive treatment is provided at UAB Hospital. The UAB Vein Clinic is part of the larger UAB Vein Program. As the only program of its kind in the state, the UAB Vein Program is designed to care for a wide range of venous problems.

When you choose UAB Medicine to care for your vein condition, you gain instant access to physicians who are leaders in the most complex vascular conditions and offer the latest in cutting-edge treatment options. 


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UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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