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When Grisel Papaccio developed a potentially fatal blood clot in her lower left leg, she insisted on going to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) for the expert care she needed.
Her symptoms began with a backache at work on Good Friday and worsened over the weekend, as swelling developed in her left leg. By Monday, the 39-year-old married mother of two was unable to walk. Testing done that day revealed that a large
blood clot, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), had formed in a major blood vessel in her lower leg. If not treated, a DVT can travel to the lungs and cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Vascular specialist Vincent di Giovanni, DO, diagnosed Papaccio with May-Thurner syndrome, a rare condition in which a DVT compresses the blood vessels in the leg. He treated the DVT successfully in ARMC’s advanced cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Papaccio, who spent two days in intensive care after treatment, says she is “absolutely satisfied” with her experience at ARMC. “Everyone acted quickly and properly, and made me feel so comfortable and reassured through everything. If I had to do it over again, I would choose AtlantiCare in a minute. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”