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Deep Venous Thrombosis and Venous Thromboembolism 

Deep Venous Thrombosis and Venous Thromboembolism
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Deep Venous Thrombosis and Venous Thromboembolism
Author(s):

Michael I. Prats

, David P. Bahner

, Creagh T. Boulger

, and Michael R. Go

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190696825.003.0015
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date: 07 July 2022

Venous thromboembolic disease is often a concern for those presenting to the acute care setting. Whether it be a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE), point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be helpful in the diagnosis and management of these patients. For DVTs, duplex sonography is considered the standard for diagnosis, and studies have shown that POCUS can accurately and quickly make this diagnosis. In addition to ultrasound of the veins, POCUS of the lungs and heart can assist in diagnosing PE. Furthermore, the diagnosis of right heart strain on point-of-care echocardiography can assist with risk stratification of patients with the diagnosis of PE. Overall, POCUS is a valuable modality that can assist in the timely management of this potentially life-threatening disease.

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