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Calf swelling 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the calf swelling?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Did the swelling follow trauma or activity?

    Why: may suggest calf muscle injury e.g. ruptured gastrocnemius muscle, leg injury, compartment syndrome.

  3. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. anemia can precipitate peripheral vascular disease; diabetes and peripheral vascular disease can predispose to cellulitis; congestive heart failure and malignancy increases the risk of deep venous thrombosis.

  4. Risk factors for deep venous thrombosis e.g. varicose veins, prolonged bed rest, congestive heart failure, major surgery, childbirth, malignancy, oral contraceptive pill
  5. Risk factors for peripheral vascular disease?

    Why: e.g. cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, family history - may indicate intermittent claudication as cause for calf pain.

  6. Medications?

    Why: beta-blocker blood pressure medications can worsen peripheral vascular disease; oral contraceptive pill increases risk of deep venous thrombosis.

  7. Symptoms of acute lower limb ischemia or compartment syndrome?

    Why: e.g. sudden severe calf pain, absent pallor of skin, paresthesia or numbness of lower leg, paralysis or weakness of leg.

  8. Symptoms of deep venous thrombosis?

    Why: e.g. diffuse leg swelling, leg warmth, ankle pitting edema.

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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