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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Swollen Ankle



my friend is 55 yrs. old and his one ankle is twice as big as the other one. it also has little red dots all over it. he says he feels no pain. he drinks everyday and cant stop. I was told that this is caused by his organs shutting down. is this true?


Ankle swelling in just one ankle is most concerning for a blood clot in the swollen leg. He should see a doctor ASAP as a blood clot can break loose and go to the lungs and kill him. If his organs were shutting down, he should have swelling in both ankles and abdomen and all over. His drinking can also be addressed with his PCP after the blood clot is first ruled out. 

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Edna M Jones, MD, MRO Edna M Jones, MD, MRO
Emeritus Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University