Key Points For DVT
- The symptoms of DVT overlap significantly with several other common processes, many of which are easily disregarded. Take care to have an appropriately high index of suspicion for DVT.
- A patient can have no swelling in a leg and still have a DVT.
- Injury or venous stasis is not necessary for all DVT. Inherited and acquired thrombophilia are important causes of DVT.
- Overall, duplex ultrasound is the best diagnostic modality.
- Discharge on low-molecular-weight heparin requires both training on drug administration and confidence that supplies at a pharmacy will be available to the patient.