DVT occurs due to the formation of blood clots in deep-seated veins. Blood clots following an ankle fracture are not uncommon. A cast was placed to immobilise the man's ankle, which led to clot formation. When the cast was removed, there was swelling and he experienced immense pain. Tests revealed presence of a blood clot in the leg vein.
An autopsy report by AIIMS doctors that was recently published in the Medico-Legal Journal confirmed that the clot, measuring 5X1 cm, got dislodged due to the massage and travelled to the lungs, causing an obstruction and leading to instant death.
The report also mentioned that the well-intentioned mother was unaware of the complications of massaging the injured leg or the risk of developing pulmonary thromboembolism. The doctors hadn't briefed them well.
"When the pain recurred, his mother massaged his left calf muscles. After the massage, he felt severe chest pain, breathlessness and collapsed. The clot had travelled to the lungs through blood causing a blockage and instant death," said Dr Chittaranjan Behera, Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine at AIIMS.
Experts warn not to apply pressure on areas that have been recently injured till they are completely healed.
(With inputs from PTI)
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