Serial Limited versus Single Complete Compression Ultrasonography for the Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis

Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 05/31/2012

Complete Compression ultrasonography (CUS) detects many distal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for which systematic anticoagulation therapy is debatable and exposes patients to potentially unnecessary anticoagulation. Incorporation of D–dimer testing and clinical pretest probability assessment in the diagnostic algorithm is beneficial because it allows excluding DVT without the need for diagnostic imaging in about a third of patients.

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