Intravenous news: thisisnottingham.co.uk report “A hospital has awarded £10,000 to a patient who developed deep vein thrombosis following an operation. Terry Gallagher, 59, from Arnold, developed a swelling in his left leg a week after he had a thoracotomy an incision to gain access to the oesophagus.
The procedure was carried out at the City Hospital on August 7, 2007, to treat reflux, a condition where the acid from the stomach leaks up into the oesophagus. An intravenous line had been inserted above his knee after the operation to provide him with fluids and he was given compression tights to wear.
A scan was carried out to check for clots in the swelling but none were found and there were no clear causes for the symptoms. Clinicians suggested a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was unlikely. A red patch had appeared by August 21, but it was thought to be cellulitis a skin infection and Mr Gallagher was treated with antibiotics and discharged. But three days later he was readmitted with swelling and on August 28 a massive DVT was confirmed. Mr Gallagher said that as a result of the DVT he now has severe mobility problems.