How can a blood clot in the hand be removed?


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Blood clots can be removed several ways. In cases such as a blood clot in the hand, thrombolytics, medicines that dissolve blood clots, are the best option, says the American Society of Hematology.

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Even a blood clot in the hand can be serious if it travels anywhere else in the body, states the American Society of Hematology. A lot of blood clots, if formed when the body is trying to cease bleeding, will dissolve on their own when the injury is healed. In a situation where the blood clot doesn't dissolve on its own, there are a few things that can be done. Thrombolytics, drugs that dissolve blood clots can be administered. A catheter-directed thrombolysis is a procedure in which a long thin tube is inserted toward the blood clot, where it delivers the clot dissolving medication. In more serious cases, when the clot has traveled to the heart or the brain, a thrombectomy would be preformed. A thrombectomy is the surgical removal of the clot.

Symptoms of a blood clot depend on the part of the body, according to the American Society of Hematology, but in some places like the hand there may be sudden or gradual pain, swelling, tenderness and warmth.

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