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Complications of deep vein thrombosis

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Post-thrombotic syndrome is a common and chronic complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that may develop in one out of two to three patients despite optimal anticoagulant treatment.

Most patients develop symptoms within two years after diagnosis of DVT, the majority of these within the first year.

Symptoms of post-thrombotic syndrome may range from skin changes through pain or mild swelling to poorly controlled oedema and chronic leg ulcers. Patients with post-thrombotic syndrome also report significant disability and impaired quality of life which causes considerable burden for them and for the healthcare system.

Compression stockings

This randomised controlled trial set in eight teaching hospitals in the Netherlands aimed to see if elastic compression stockings should be used for two years rather than one after diagnosis of proximal DVT of the leg.

Some patients find


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