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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 657-661

The optimum duration of treatment for first time lower limb proximal deep vein thrombosis


1 Department of Vascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Vascular Surgery, Alexandria Main University Hospital, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
3 Department of Vascular Surgery, Sharq El-Madina Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Mostafa I Saad
Department of Vascular Surgery, Sharq El Madina Hospital, Alexandria, 215119
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1110-2098.198750

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Objective The aim of this study was to define the optimum duration required for treatment of first time proximal lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Background DVT refers to the formation of one or more blood clots in one of the body's deep veins, most commonly in the lower limbs (proximal lower limb veins such as iliac, femoral or popliteal veins and distal lower limb veins such as calf veins). The optimal duration of treatment for first time proximal DVT is still controversial. The aim of this study was to define the optimal duration required for the treatment of first time proximal lower limb DVT. Materials and methods We reviewed papers on the optimal duration required for treatment of first time proximal lower limb DVT from Medline databases (Pub Med, Medscape, and ScienceDirect) and also from materials available in the Internet. We used optimal duration/treatment/first time proximal lower limb DVT as searching terms. The search was performed in the electronic databases from 2000 to 2014. Conclusion Three months of therapy is an efficient and a safe method for the treatment of first attack of proximal lower limb DVT and thus there is no need for extending the duration of therapy.


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