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Does low oxygen levels in blood cause deep vein thrombosis?

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Posted on Thu, 5 May 2016
Question: My HGB was allowed to go to 5.1 due to negligence by medical professionals. Did this lack of blood oxygen cause my DVT and PE?
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
unlikely to be the case

Detailed Answer:
Hi
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.
Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Indranil Ghosh (4 hours later)
My 5.1 hgb depleted the oxygen in my blood leading to fatigue, incapacition, and clots. In the hospital I had numerous transfusions and cancer and other illnesses were ruled out. I need your opinion that "as likely as not the 5.1 hgb led to oxygen depletion of the blood leading to dvt and pe". There has been no other explanation in the last 5+ years. I was awarded social security disability the first time. I was perfectly healthy at time of my botched physical from which blood test results were never acted upon.
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
directly it is not causative

Detailed Answer:
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.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Indranil Ghosh (6 days later)
My 5.1 hgb robbed my blood of iron(anemia) and oxygen leading to dvt and pe. see Science Daily and definition of dvt's. Dvt's formation "begins where the blood is relatively oxygen deprived". "As likely as not the 5.1 hgb either directly or indirectly led to my clots.
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Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
anemia is not considered a risk factor for DVT

Detailed Answer:
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
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/0000-overview#a5

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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Does low oxygen levels in blood cause deep vein thrombosis?

Brief Answer: unlikely to be the case Detailed Answer: Hi 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. Regards