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What injuries can cause blood clots?

Some injuries may lead to impaired movement, decreasing circulation throughout the body and increasing the likelihood that blood may clot.

Accidents and injuries that increase deep vein thrombosis (DVT) risk:

  • serious falls
  • broken bones, especially in the pelvic area or legs
  • broken bones with a limb in a plaster cast
  • spinal cord injury
  • paralysis
  • severe burns
  • placement of a central venous catheter, especially when placed in the arm
  • repetitive motion injury from swimming, weight lifting, etc., increases the risk of blood clots in the arm

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