Lower Leg Venography
Reasons for Test
- Diagnose deep vein thrombosis —a blood clot deep within the leg that may lead to an obstruction of a blood vessel in the lungs ( pulmonary embolism )
- Find obstructions in the veins
- Assess vein problems you have had since birth
- Assess the functioning of deep leg vein valves
- Find a vein that will be used to make a bypass graft
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- Tissue damage
- Phlebitis—inflammation of a vein
- Allergic reactions to the contrast material
- Kidney damage
- Forming blood clots
What to Expect
Prior to Test
Description of Test
- When you get home from the test, take it easy for the rest of the day and try to avoid any strenuous activity.
- Drink large amounts of fluid for the next 24 hours to help flush the remaining contrast from your body.
- You may remove the bandage the day after your test.
- Observe the injection site for any swelling, heat, redness, pain, or drainage. The injection area may be sore for a few days.
- If any bleeding or swelling occurs at the injection or puncture site, put pressure on the site for at least 10 minutes.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Fever or chills
- Swelling, redness, or pain at the injection site
- Itching, rash, or other signs of an allergic reaction
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health
Society of Interventional Radiology http://www.sirweb.org/
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca/home/index%5Fe.aspx
University Health Network http://www.uhn.ca/index.asp
Care instruction following outpatient venography. University of Iowa Health Care website. Available at: http://www.radiology.uiowa.edu . Accessed on November 22, 2004.
Diagnostic Imaging of Lower Limb Deep Venous Thrombosis. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org . Accessed on November 22, 2004.
Penn State Vascular Institute website. Available at: http://www.hmc.psu.edu/vascularinstitute/services/diagveno.htm . Accessed on November 22, 2004
- Reviewer: David N. Smith, MD
- Review Date: 12/2011 -
- Update Date: 12/30/2011 -