Progress in the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis: The efficacy of real-time B-mode ultrasonic imaging

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Seventy-six limbs with clinically suspected acute deep venous thrombosis (DVT) were evaluated by means of ultrasonic imaging (UI) to define the ability of this technique to detect acute and chronic venous obstruction and to determine the origin and distribution of venous thrombi. UI was compared with ascending contrast phlebography in 46 limbs and was found to be 100% accurate in detecting both acute and chronic venous thrombosis. Overall, acute DVT was present in 63 of 76 limbs (83%) studied. Acute DVT was found in 24% and recurrent acute DVT in 76%. Our results indicate that although the calf veins are the most common site of involvement (89%), thrombi may frequently arise simultaneously in multiple anatomic sites. All limbs with recurrent acute DVT had evidence of previous calf thrombi but only 13% had previous proximal disease. This suggests that asymptomatic calf DVT is common and the prevalence of recurrent acute DVT is significantly greater than previously believed. We found UI is a practical, accurate, non-invasive method for investigating the pathogenesis of venous disease. © 1988.

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Rollins, D. L., Semrow, C. M., Friedell, M. L., Calligaro, K. D., & Buchbinder, D. (1988). Progress in the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis: The efficacy of real-time B-mode ultrasonic imaging. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 7(5), 638–641. https://doi.org/10.1016/0741-5214(88)90006-7

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