What is Phlegmasia Alba & Ceruela Dolens?
Honestly, I never thought blood clotting during pregnancy could be an issue until my nurses took precautions after I gave birth. Sure, my doctor encouraged regular (and reasonable) exercise during pregnancy like a walk around the neighborhood, but I never knew for what purpose.
After noticing the TED hose and the multiple pressure contraptions I was mailed postpartum, it occurred to me: scary and life-threatening problems really could have happened and fortunately did not take place with me. One condition includes phlegmasia alba dolens (PAD) and/or a progression into phlegmasia cerulea dolens (PCD).
We will be covering both phlegmasia alba dolens and phlegmasia cerulea dolens as we progress through this post. Additionally, we will address deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms as they relate to blood clotting conditions that can occur in pregnant women as well as directly relate to phlegmasia.
I find it extremely beneficial to bring up deep vein thrombosis because the symptoms are much more treatable and reversible than the damage caused by phlegmasia.