Korean J Med.  2014 Mar;86(3):334-338. 10.3904/kjm.2014.86.3.334.

A Case of Deep Vein Thrombosis Following Cellulitis of the Lower Leg

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Incheon Sarang Hospital, Incheon, Korea. bobblejin@hanmail.net

Abstract

Cellulitis and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) have similar symptoms (lower extremity pain, erythema, and swelling) and there is the potential for misdiagnosis. In cases of cellulitis, DVT should be ruled out, as the symptoms of cellulitis might mask those of DVT, leading to serious complications such as pulmonary thromboembolism. The reported incidence of DVT in patients with cellulitis is low, especially patients with progression to pulmonary thromboembolism. We present a case of pulmonary thromboembolism following cellulitis of the lower leg in a 54-year-old male.

Keyword

Cellulitis; Deep vein thrombosis; Pulmonary thromboembolism
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