What is the Wells clinical prediction guide and how is it used in the workup of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The Wells clinical prediction guide quantifies the pretest probability of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). The model enables physicians to reliably stratify their patients into high-risk, moderate-risk, or low-risk categories. Combining this with the results of objective testing greatly simplifies the clinical workup of patients with suspected DVT. The Wells clinical prediction guide incorporates risk factors, clinical signs, and the presence or absence of alternative diagnoses.


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