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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
Dr. Irving B. David, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

It’s easier to ask what types of injuries don’t cause clots! Any type of injuries can promote increased risk of blood clots. If you have an injury, you usually have swelling in the tissue that’s damaged, and there’s potentially bleeding. That constricts the vessels traveling through the tissues, which can promote clots inside the vessels.

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