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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 290-292

Phlegmasia cerulea dolens in a long distance driver


1 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Botswana and Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana
2 Department of Surgery, University of Botswana and Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana
3 Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Botswana and Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana

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Dr. J C Mwita
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Botswana, Private Bag UB 00713, Gaborone
Botswana
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-3077.175966

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Phlegmasia cerulea dolens (PCDs) is a rare and serious complication of massive deep venous thrombosis of the lower extremities, which has a high mortality rate. It is characterized by the sudden onset of severe leg pain, massive edema, cyanosis, venous gangrene, compartment syndrome and arterial compromise, often followed by pulmonary embolism and death. We report one case of a long distance driver who presented with PCDs, complicated by fatal pulmonary embolism.


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