Superficial and Deep Venous Thrombosis of the Lower-Extremity

The clinical diagnosis of the superficial and deep venous thrombosis of the lower-extremity is not accurate.

  1. The superficial thrombus usually extends beyond the area of clinical involvement and, sometimes, is associated with a deep vein thrombosis clinically not evident.
  2. Since the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis, based on clinical findings, is not confirmed by instrumental procedures in about 70% of patients, it is important to perform instrumental procedures for diagnostic purposes.

So further tests are required: the echocolor Doppler is the standard test for diagnosing clinically suspected superficial and deep venous thrombosis.

In this chapter, three lessons refer to the echocolor Doppler role for the diagnosis of venous thrombosis of the lower-extremity. In the last lesson the various diagnostic strategies in different types of patients are presented.

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