A 56 year old woman with severe pneumonia in the ICU got her leg turned to blue suddenly

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  2. What are the complications?
  3. How is the condition managed?

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  1. Looks like DVT: Deep Venous Thrombosis.
  2. Potential pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, cardiogenic shock, renal vein thrombosis, etc.
  3. anticoagulants, thrombolytics, possible thrombectomy, perhaps a vena cava filter, etc.
answered Jul 4, 2012 by s lee Pre-med (192 points)
selected Jul 5, 2012 by Sulabh Shrestha
commented Jul 5, 2012 by admin Doctor of Medicine (10,059 points)
edited Jul 6, 2012 by admin
Great... Its Phlegmasia cerulea dolens which is an uncommon severe form of deep venous thrombosis in which the thrombosis involves both the major deep venous channels of the extremity, therefore and collateral veins.