Does low oxygen levels in blood cause deep vein thrombosis?
unlikely to be the case
Thanks for your query.
Low hemoglobin doesn't cause dvt or PE by itself. Unless it is related to another underlying cause which can also cause thrombosis. In your case probably the cause for low hemoglobin was iron deficiency. So the DVT may be unrelated.
However, I would recommend thorough evaluation of both the anemia and thrombosis as various serious hematological disorders and cancers can be responsible for both.
Hope this helps. I will be available for follow up.
directly it is not causative
Only one explanation that I can think of is that if you got immobile because of the anemia, that can cause stasis in the veins and cause DVT or PE. But to say that reduced oxygenation directly caused dvt would not be correct, in my opinion.
anemia is not considered a risk factor for DVT
even though iron deficiency can cause DVT but not anemia per se.
you can go through the following link in emedicine by lead author Dr XXXXXXX XXXXXXX an authority in DVT
anemia is not mentioned as a cause in its long list. I will quote a statement from the article "The most common risk factors are obesity, previous VTE, malignancy, surgery, and immobility."
so I think it is the immobility which is the culprit here.
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