Japan’s Empress Emerita Michiko diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis

Tokyo, Aug 26 (EFE).- Doctors have diagnosed Japan’s Empress Emerita Michiko with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in her right leg, the Imperial Household Agency confirmed to EFE Friday.

Michiko, 87, went to a hospital Friday to undergo a further testing to find out the status and decide on treatment of the clot, which was first detected last week.

At the moment the empress emerita is not under any specific treatment and is drinking plenty of water and lightly exercising, which includes walking in the mornings and evenings, the agency added.

Michiko is well and calm in the imperial residence of Akasaka, in Tokyo, and aware that the clot must be studied and its evolution monitored.

According to the Mayo Clinic, DVT can cause leg pain or swelling, but is sometimes does not present any symptoms. It can be treated with medication, filters and compression stockings.

In the most serious cases, surgery may be necessary. EFE


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