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Upper extremity DVT

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Francois Lamontagne, Lauralyn McIntyre, Peter Dodek, Diane Heels-Ansdell, Maureen Meade, Julia Pemberton, Yoanna Skrobik, Ian Seppelt, Nicholas E Vlahakis, John Muscedere, Graham Reece, Marlies Ostermann, Soundrie Padayachee, Jamal Alhashemi, Michael Walsh, Bradley Lewis, David Schiff, Alan Moody, Nicole Zytaruk, Martine Leblanc, Deborah J Cook
IMPORTANCE: Critically ill patients are at risk of venous thrombosis, and therefore guidelines recommend daily thromboprophylaxis. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) commonly occurs in the lower extremities but can occur in other sites including the head and neck, trunk, and upper extremities. The risk of nonleg deep venous thromboses (NLDVTs), predisposing factors, and the association between NLDVTs and pulmonary embolism (PE) or death are unclear. OBJECTIVE: To describe the frequency, anatomical location, risk factors, management, and consequences of NLDVTs in a large cohort of medical-surgical critically ill adults...
May 2014: JAMA Internal Medicine
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