What is the prevalence of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with superficial vein thrombosis?

Updated: Apr 17, 2019
  • Author: Khanjan H Nagarsheth, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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A meta-analysis of the prevalence of DVT and PE in patients with superficial vein thrombosis found a weighted mean prevalence of 18.1% for DVT and 6.9% for PE in patient with superficial thrombophlebitis. The authors concluded that in selected patients with superficial thrombophlebitis, screening for DVT or PE may be warranted. [30]


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