What is the treatment for thrombosis of the great or small saphenous veins?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Patients who present with thrombosis of the great saphenous vein (GSV) or the small saphenous vein (SSV) should be considered for anticoagulation or ligation of the vein, given that a high incidence (6-44%) of concurrence or progression to DVT has been reported in such patients. In a study, Ascher et al reported that 65.6% of patients who presented with GSV thrombosis were found to have associated DVT. [29]


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