How much has the use of graduated elastic compression stockings (ECS) reduced the incidence of postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) in patients with 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 regular use of graduated elastic compression stockings reduced the incidence of PTS by 50%. The authors also noted that the benefit conferred by ECS was not related to the rate of recurrent DVT, which was identical in both groups. The authors strongly recommended the early use and widespread implementation of graduated elastic stockings with adequate anticoagulant therapy for symptomatic proximal DVT to prevent the development of PTS.


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