What is the role of compression ultrasonography in patients with symptomatic superficial thrombophlebitis?

Updated: Feb 25, 2021
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Results from a study by Quéré et al indicated that in patients with symptomatic superficial venous thrombosis, compression US of an affected limb’s entire venous system provides valuable treatment information. [22] The investigation involved 844 patients from the Prospective Observational Superficial Thrombophlebitis (POST) study, all of whom had symptomatic superficial venous thrombosis. A complete lower limb scan of both legs using compression US was performed on all of the patients, with imaging of the superficial and deep venous systems.

Among the report’s findings were that concomitant DVT was present in 198 patients (23.5%) and that 41.8% of those individuals had proximal DVT. [22] Superficial venous thrombosis was not contiguous with DVT in 83 (41.9%) of the 198 patients.

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