What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of thrombophlebitis?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Padma Chitnavis, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Venous duplex ultrasonography, which is mandatory, helps in diagnosing the thrombosis in the vein and details its extent.

Venography, which is rarely necessary, may be used to define the extent and propagation of the thrombosis.

If PE is suspected, appropriate tests such as chest radiography, helical computed tomography scanning, ventilation-perfusion lung scintigraphy, and/or pulmonary venography may be necessary.


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