The clinical significance of venous thrombosis of the calf
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1976 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
British Journal of Surgery
Volume 63, Issue 5, pages 377–378, May 1976
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Doouss, T. W. (1976), The clinical significance of venous thrombosis of the calf. Br J Surg, 63: 377–378. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800630510
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2005
- Auckland Medical Research Foundation
A total of 379 general surgical and hip replacement patients were studied with the radioactive fibrinogen uptake test and the Doppler ultrasound flow detector to determine the incidence and natural history of postoperative deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in their lower limbs. The overall incidence of D VT was 33 per cent, but clinical follow-up indicated that the great majority of these patients suffered no ill effects. It is concluded that thrombosis diagnosed by the radioactive fibrinogen uptake test is of very limited clinical significance and that the technique cannot be recommended as a screening test for DVT.