An ischemic (lacking blood flow) limb is a true medical emergency. Delay in treating a blood clot often results in amputation of fingers, toes, arms or legs. Once blood flow stops, there is a limited window of opportunity within which to restore the flow of blood. Left untreated, necrosis (death) of the body part lacking blood flow will usually occur within six to eight hours. One hour must be subtracted from the six to eight hour timeframe within which blood flow must be restored in order to allow for the unavoidable one hour delay caused by the “decision to incision” time, (the amount of time it takes to assemble the staff, ready the operating room and prepare the patient for surgery after a decision to perform surgery has been made).
Diagnosing Blood Clots
Diagnosis: The sudden onset of excruciating pain is the most common symptom when blood flow is inadequate. Another common symptom is that the affected limb is colder and a different color than the unaffected limb on the other side of the body. Diagnosis of a limb with ischemia (insufficient blood flow) can be done with a doppler ultrasound or in some cases, with the injection of dye into the blood and the use of x-rays to map out the exact location of the blockage.
Treatment: Typical treatments for a blockage include an embolectomy (removing a blood clot with a catheterization procedure), using tPA (a clot buster) or performing bypass surgery (restoring blood flow by rerouting blood flow around the blockage).
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