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Vasc Specialist Int. 2016 Sep;32(3):77-104. Epub 2016 Sep 30.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis: Korean Practice Guidelines.

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1
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2
Department of Radiology, Keimyung University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
3
Department of Surgery, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
4
Department of Surgery, Gachon University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
5
Department of Surgery, Keimyung University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
6
Department of Surgery, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
7
Department of Surgery, Chosun University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea.
8
Department of Surgery, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
9
Department of Surgery, Catholic University College of Medicine, Korea.
10
Mint Intervention Clinic, Seongnam, Korea.
11
Department of Radiology, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
12
Department of Radiology, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea.
13
Department of Radiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
14
Department of Radiology, Chonnam National University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea.
15
Department of Radiology, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
16
Department of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
17
Department of Surgery, Daegu Catholic University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

Lower extremity deep vein thrombosis is a serious medical condition that can result in death or major disability due to pulmonary embolism or post-thrombotic syndrome. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment are required to improve symptoms and salvage the affected limb. Early thrombus clearance rapidly resolves symptoms related to venous obstruction, restores valve function and reduces the incidence of post-thrombotic syndrome. Recently, endovascular treatment has been established as a standard method for early thrombus removal. However, there are a variety of views regarding the indications and procedures among medical institutions and operators. Therefore, we intend to provide evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity deep vein thrombosis by multidisciplinary consensus. These guidelines are the result of a close collaboration between interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons. The goals of these guidelines are to improve treatment, to serve as a guide to the clinician, and consequently to contribute to public health care.

KEYWORDS:

Diagnosis and treatment; Guideline; Venous thrombosis

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