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Title: Deep vein thrombosis--risks and diagnosis.
Austin Authors: Ho, Wai Khoon 
Affiliation: Department of Haematology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2010
Publication information: Australian Family Physician; 39(7): 468-74
Abstract: Venous thromboembolism, comprising deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, is common in Australia and is associated with high morbidity.This article provides a summary of the risk factors for DVT of the lower limb and discusses the diagnosis of the condition using a diagnostic algorithm incorporating clinical assessment, D-dimer testing and imaging studies. It also briefly reviews the clinical significance of isolated distal lower limb DVT and superficial vein thrombosis.Many conditions in the lower limb mimic DVT. Diagnosing DVT on clinical grounds without objective testing is unreliable. Patients incorrectly diagnosed as having DVT may be subjected to unnecessary anticoagulation and its associated risks of bleeding. In contrast, there is a risk of thrombus extension and embolisation when DVT is missed or inappropriately treated.
Gov't Doc #: 20628659
Journal: Australian Family Physician
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Agglutination Tests
Anticoagulants.therapeutic use
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Fibrin Fibrinogen Degradation Products.analysis
Health Status Indicators
Risk Factors
Thrombophlebitis.diagnosis.drug therapy.epidemiology.ultrasonography
Whole Blood Coagulation Time
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