Helped Over 500,000 patients with 98%+ satisfaction.

Connect & Get Personalized 1-to-1 Answers from Expert Doctors

DoctorSpring > Question Home

Impact of DVT on ABI test with calf swelling.

Resolved Question:

Will the presence of a DVT impact the results of an ABI test? I have had pain in my left calf for the past week which occurs on standing and walking and stops when my leg is elevated. There is very minor swelling when comparing left calf to right calf. No redness in the calf, but left foot is noticeably redder than right foot after I've been standing for a few minutes. I have also been having occasional sensations of heat in the left calf, although it is not hot to the touch. I have also been having frequent pins and needles and 'buzzing' sensation in lower left leg and foot; this occurs whether I am standing or sitting. When I stand up after sleeping or sitting for long period there is a sensation of pressure/tightness in my left foot.

I visited an urgent care clinic and a Physician's Assistant performed an ABI, the results of which were normal. He did not do any tests for DVT because there is no significant swelling in my left leg. A doctor I saw last week for this same complaint also dismissed DVT solely based on visual inspection. I am just concerned because I know that not all DVTs cause swelling and redness in the calf. If I DID have a DVT, would that have affected the results of the ABI? That is, is it possible to have normal ABI results while a DVT is present? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Category: General Surgeon

Ask Your Own Question

Category: Pediatric Surgeon
 26 Doctors Online

Thank you for posting your query at
I understand your concern.

ABI test is done to exclude arterial occlusive diseases.
DVT is Deep Vein Thrombosis. This is related to vein.
It doesn't affect ABI test.
But,the best investigation is Colour doppler of the left lower limb.

Redness is not characteristic feature of DVT.
Swelling and pain will be present.The same features can be seen in Cellulitis.
If you are suspecting DVT, vein has to be examined. By colour doppler, both arterial system and venous system can be seen.
So i will advise you get a colour doppler done and upload the reports for me to be able to guide you further.

Feel free to discuss further,
Wish you good health.

Dr. Hari Charan Perigela
Category: Pediatric Surgeon
Fellowship: DNB, General Surgery, National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, 2001
Residency: MS, General Surgery, Sri Venkateswara Medical College,Tirupathi, 2000
Medical School: MBBS, Kurnool Medical college, 1995
Dr. Hari Charan Perigela and 4 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

Users who read this, also read:

Make informed and better medical decisions.

Join the 500,000 people who found a smarter, quicker way to get Answers, Recommendations & Expert Opinions.

Expert Doctors at fingertips

Recommendation on next step. Second-opinion.Multi-specialty.

Save Time

Average time for answers: 6 hours.

Save Money

$35 for typical specialist consult vs. $120 for a local appointment.

Free Follow-ups

Clarify, ask further questions for free in private conversation.

100% Satisfaction

Money back guarantee for the 1st reply. MEDNET Quality Board.

Start My Consultation



Doctor Spring is a novel online Doctor consultation platform where you can get your medical questions answered by leading Doctors. Just Submit your question and rest assured that you will consult a Doctor easily. Once you submit the question, the Doctor from the concerned specialty will reply within hours. You can always ask more questions or add details with follow-up question options and make it an online doctor chat. You may use this service to consult a specialty or for getting medical second opinion. All paid services come with a MEDNET quality assurance and 100% money back guarantee.

DoctorSpring in news