What is the diagnostic approach for pregnant patients with suspected superficial thrombophlebitis?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Answer

The diagnostic approach, as follows, should be exactly the same in a pregnant patient as in a nonpregnant one:

  • Duplex US is safe in pregnancy
  • If indicated, a nuclear perfusion lung scan may be performed safely in pregnancy
  • If indicated, heparin may be used in pregnancy
  • If indicated, fibrinolytics may be used in pregnancy

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