Letters, calls and emails: DVT was indicator of cancer in my patient

Dear Editor

I was reading the article on DVT and cancer (GP, 15 September) and, interestingly, this year, I had a fit 62-year-old with little medical history, who is a keen walker and traveller.  

His wife alerted me to the possibility of a DVT in his leg; ultrasound confirmed this and he was started on warfarin.  

After several weeks, I wasn’t happy with his progress — the swelling was not going down, but he felt well. I decided to investigate whether he could have a problem higher up in his groin or lower abdomen and arranged a scan.  

Mercy me; it showed a mass in his left iliac fossa, so I referred him swiftly. Within 10 days he was diagnosed with a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The patient is now doing well.  

Dr Sudip Bhaduri  

Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire  

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