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What causes one leg to seem larger despite no evidence of swelling?

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Posted on Fri, 27 Nov 2020
Question: one of my legs seems to be slightly larger than the other but no swelling
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Answered by Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin (36 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

Needs evaluation with ultrasound Doppler

Detailed Answer:

Hii,

Based on the history you have shared, such uneven swelling needs to be evaluated by your primary care physician and both legs circumferences should be compared.

Apart from that lower leg pulses should also be compared for any problem with the arterial supply.

Temperature differences and colours should also be examined and cellulitis should be ruled out which is usually painful but can present as painless at the start.

However, the most important cause that is venous thrombosis should be ruled out and lower limb Doppler ultrasound both venous and arterial should be done.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Saddiq Ulabidin, General & Family Physician
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What causes one leg to seem larger despite no evidence of swelling?

Brief Answer: Needs evaluation with ultrasound Doppler Detailed Answer: Hii, Based on the history you have shared, such uneven swelling needs to be evaluated by your primary care physician and both legs circumferences should be compared. Apart from that lower leg pulses should also be compared for any problem with the arterial supply. Temperature differences and colours should also be examined and cellulitis should be ruled out which is usually painful but can present as painless at the start. However, the most important cause that is venous thrombosis should be ruled out and lower limb Doppler ultrasound both venous and arterial should be done. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr Saddiq Ulabidin, General & Family Physician