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Calf swelling

Calf swelling: Introduction

Calf swelling: Swelling of the calf muscle (behind the lower leg). See detailed information below for a list of 34 causes of Calf swelling, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Calf swelling:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Calf swelling. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Calf swelling:

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Calf swelling: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Calf swelling, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Calf swelling Treatments

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Stories from Users for Calf swelling

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Message Boards for Calf swelling

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Diagnostic tests for Calf swelling:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Calf swelling. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect calves for size and symmetry, any bruises, swellings, discoloration, ulcers or rashes
    • Inspect pattern of any visible or bulging leg veins e.g. superficial thrombophlebitis presents as a tender, reddened cord below the skin of the leg
    • Feel the calf for local causes of pain and tenderness
    • Examine for signs of acute lower limb ischemia (sudden obstruction of arterial blood supply from thrombosis (clot) or embolism (plug) e.g. pitting edema of foot, absent pulses, cool pale skin, loss of hair on lower feet and legs, ulcers on foot, gangrene of skin on toes
    • Examine the lymph nodes in groin which may be enlarged with calf cellulitis
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Calf swelling: Animations

Calf swelling: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Calf swelling may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Calf swelling

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Calf swelling. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Misdiagnosis and Calf swelling

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Organs affected by Calf swelling:

The list of organs typically affected by Calf swelling may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Calf swelling

The list below shows some of the causes of Calf swelling mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Calf swelling?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Calf swelling. Of the 34 causes of Calf swelling that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 33 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Calf swelling:

The following list of conditions have 'Calf swelling' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Calf swelling Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Calf swelling based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Calf swelling?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Calf swelling, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Calf swelling:

    Medical Conditions associated with Calf swelling:

    Leg swelling (576 causes), Swelling symptoms (3730 causes), Leg symptoms (2751 causes), Lower leg symptoms (59 causes), Limb symptoms (3592 causes), Arm symptoms (1619 causes)

    Symptoms related to Calf swelling:

    Leg swelling (576 causes), Unilateral leg swelling (7 causes), Calf symptoms, Calf pain (38 causes), Calf warmth, Swollen ankles (107 causes), Swollen feet (423 causes), Edema (208 causes), Calf bruise (8 causes), Calf itch (18 causes), Calf coldness (10 causes), Calf burning sensation (18 causes), Calf rash (15 causes), Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Varicose veins (65 causes), Pregnancy (699 causes), Pre-eclampsia, congestive heart failure (140 causes), liver failure (451 causes), muscle trauma, contusion (24 causes)

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