Medical expert urges early treatment of deep vein thrombosis

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…As Passenger train derails at Agege in Lagos***

Dr Osato Agbonlahor, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Living Right Hospital, Benin City, has advised Nigerians with cases of deep vein thrombosis to seek early treatment to avoid complications.
Agbonlahor gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Thursday.

He defined deep vein thrombosis as a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs.

“Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but also can occur with no symptoms.

“It can develop if you have certain medical conditions that affect how your blood clots.

“It can also happen if you do not move for a long time, such as after surgery or an accident, or when you are confined to bed.

“Deep vein thrombosis can be very serious because blood clots in your veins can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism).

“This is a very serious sickness that many people do not know about,” Agbonlahor said.

According to him, relieving the pain and pressure of deep vein thrombosis may involve changing of sitting position and more exercise.

The physician said the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis includes swelling in the affected leg, pain in your leg, red or discoloured skin on the leg and feeling of warmth in the affected leg.

Agbonlahor said the causes of deep vein thrombosis were anything that prevents your blood from circulating or clotting normally, such as injury to a vein, surgery, certain medications and limited movement.

He said that victims could avoid complications with the application of appropriate medical care on the affected leg. 

In the meantime, hundreds of passengers escaped death on Thursday in Lagos when a mass transit shuttle train derailed at the Ashade railway crossing on the Agege-Ikeja corridor in Lagos.

The incident, which a Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt, happened at about 7.15hrs, leaving some of the passengers injured.

NAN also reports that some personnel from various security agencies immediately cordoned off the area, to maintain law and order, while some of the injured were rushed to some hospitals in the neighbourhood, for first aid treatment.

Mr Augustine Arisa, the Acting Lagos District Manager of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), told NAN that no life was, however, lost in the incident.

“The derailment happened when the Apapa-bound mass transit train skidded off its tracks at the Asade Railway Crossing at Agege, on the Ikeja Corridor.

“The shuttle train was going from Ijoko in Ogun, to Apapa.

“The situation is now under control. We learnt that there was no casualty in the incident as some of the passengers only had minor injuries.

“Everything is now under control and we are trying to put the train back on the tracks,’’ he said.

Arisa, however, confirmed on telephone later that an injured passenger from the incident was recuperating at the NRC Hospital, Ebute Meta.

NAN further reports that the derailment caused a traffic jam along Capitol Road, Agege, which also extended to Mosalasi Alhaja, towards Mangoro area in Ikeja.

NAN reports that on Nov. 16, 2018 a passenger train derailed around abattoir area of Agege and on June 20 of the same year, a commercial bus also rammed into a moving train around the Agege corridor.