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Vein Condition May Mask Serious Clot Disorder
Date:7/20/2009

post-thrombotic syndrome, in which the clots in the leg never heal, sometimes leading to loss of function of the legs, Lookstein said.

"This can transform somebody who would otherwise be a working member of the community and turn them into somebody unable to work, somebody who is bedbound," he said.

The authors of the new study, from the Medical University of Graz in Austria, looked at 46 patients (32 women and 14 men) who came to the dermatology department with SVT.

One-quarter of the patients had DVT, usually without symptoms. Of these, three-quarters had DVT in the same leg as the superficial vein thrombosis, 9 percent had DVT in the other leg and 18 percent had it in both legs, the researchers said.

Anybody with SVT should undergo routine screening with duplex ultrasound, which can be performed either in a doctor's office or by a vascular specialist, Lookstein said.

The findings were published in the July issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on deep vein thrombosis.



SOURCES: Robert Rosen, M.D., director, vascular intervention, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Robert Lookstein, M.D., associate professor, radiology and surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; July 2009 Archives of Dermatology


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