ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Current treatment strategies in deep vein thrombosis
Ali Sarıgül, Ömer Tanyeli
Selçuk Üniversitesi Meram Tıp Fakültesi Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Konya
Venous thromboembolism or commonly known as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is an important cause of mortality and morbidity. In advanced age group, it has an incidence of up to 1% in developed countries. Deep venous thrombosis most frequently arises from the lower extremity and pelvic veins. Since DVT can be found in about 70% of cases with pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE), and about half of the DVT cases develop PTE, these two can be regarded as a single clinicopathologic entity. The methods used in the treatment of classical DVT undergo alterations in parallel with the evolution of alternative treatment options and publication of comparative results of clinical studies. In this article, we aimed to review DVT in the light of current guidelines. A timely and correct treatment approach is essential to minimize mortality and morbidity rates associated with DVT.
Keywords : Anticoagulants; heparin; pulmonary embolism; venous thrombosis; warfarin
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