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Vascular Surgery

String of Knots in Arm Vein

11/02/2010

Question:

About two months ago I spent 8 days in the hospital being treated for a DVT with blood clots on the top side of my left forarm. No IVs or blood draws were done in that arm. About a week after being released a smaller vein in the under side of that arm feels like a string of pearls. There are 5 knots and they are tender to the touch. They are not red or hot like the DVT. What could this be?

Answer:

They could be clots as well and should be seen by your doctor. 

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Response by:

Jean  E Starr, MD Jean E Starr, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University