Depo-Testosterone is an injection that is well-known to increase the risk of blood clots in the legs (also known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT). The risk is greatest in the first few months of treatment, but it can occur at any time. Blood clots can also lead to life-threatening complications like heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.
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What is a Blood Clot?
A blood clot is a semi-solid, sticky mass of red blood cells, platelets, clotting factors, and other substances in the blood. It grows inside a vein or artery is also known as a thrombus. If a thrombus breaks loose and travels in the body, it is called an embolus. Embolisms are extremely dangerous because they can block arteries and prevent oxygen from reaching tissues in vital organs.
Depo-Testosterone and Blood Clots
Depo-Testosterone is known to cause blood clots in the legs, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The most likely complication of DVT is a pulmonary embolism, in which a blood clot gets stuck in the lungs.
How Does Testosterone Cause Blood Clots?
Testosterone is a male hormone (androgen) that can have many physiological side effects. One of the most common adverse effects is erythropoiesis, in which a kidney hormone triggers bone marrow to make more red blood cells. This increases the thickness and total volume of blood. It also causes the heart to work harder, which elevates blood pressure. These effects can all increase the risk of developing blood clots in the legs.
Complications of a Blood Clot
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Post-thrombotic syndrome
- Kidney damage
- Right-sided heart failure
- Bone death (osteonecrosis)
- Organ damage
- Amputation of a part or all of the leg
Blood clots in the legs are an emergency medical condition, but they often dissolve without causing serious injury. In many cases, doctors will administer an intravenous “clot-busting” drug called heparin to dissolve the clot. If this is unsuccessful, doctors may use a catheter or surgery to remove the clot. In extreme cases, a filter may be implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC) to catch the blood clot before it reaches the lungs.
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