What is the prognosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Most cases of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is occult and usually resolves spontaneously without complication. The principal long-term morbidity from DVT is postthrombotic syndrome (PTS), which complicates about a quarter of cases of symptomatic proximal DVT; most cases develop within 2 years afterward.


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