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Semergen. 2013 Mar;39(2):107-9. doi: 10.1016/j.semerg.2011.12.003. Epub 2012 Feb 2.

[A case of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis].

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Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria, Consultorio de Cerceda, Centro de Salud de Manzanares El Real, Área Norte de Madrid, España.


The case is presented of a 41 year-old women with a personal history of smoking and treated with oral contraceptives, who began taking analgesics and muscle relaxants due to a right cervical pain. As her clinical condition did not improve she was seen again. During the physical examination an increase of soft tissue in the right supraclavicular area was observed. The ultrasound revealed thrombosis of the internal jugular, subclavian, brachycephalic, axillar and humeral veins. We believe that upper-extremity deep venous thrombosis is a rare condition that must be considered in patients with oedema of the upper limbs. The key to a prompt diagnosis is to know the risk factors. Ultrasound is the standard approach.

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