What is the role of elastic compression stockings (ECS) in the treatment 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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Postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) affects approximately 50% of patients with deep venous thrombosis (DVT) after 2 years. Elderly patients and patients with recurrent ipsilateral DVT have the highest risk. Below-the-knee elastic compression stockings (ECS) assist the calf muscle pump and reduce venous hypertension and venous valvular reflux. This reduces leg edema, aids the microcirculation, and prevents venous ischemia.


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