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Sudden sharp pain in shoulder and swelling appeared. Feeling dizzy. Could it be blood clot?

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My wife had sudden sharp pain in her left shoulder, along with a bulging blue vein, swelling, and she got very dizzy. It went away within 2 minutes. Does this sound like a blood clot? Please help.
Posted Tue, 26 Feb 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Sheeba Stephen 1 hour later
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is quite likely that these symptoms could be indicators of a blood clot. In addition to the pain, swelling and venous bulging, the dizziness is something which sounds worrying - because it can mean that there is a major compromise in blood flow.

There is also another possibility where some XXXXXXX structure (like a cervical rib) can cause a transient compression of a vein and result in these symptoms.

However, the possibility of a XXXXXXX venous thrombus (blood clot) has to be ruled out first.

Though her symptoms have been very temporary, I would advise you not to ignore this, and therefore, take her to the ER immediately. In case it's a blood clot, then there is a risk that it could move to a vital organ.

So, please seek immediate medical attention.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Emergency Medicine Specialist
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