JOHN J. CRANLEY, M.D.
To the editor: Among their results in diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis by the phleborheograph in 75 patients also studied by venography, Bynum and associates (Ann Intern Med 89:162-166, 1978) found a false-negative rate of 31%. This should be examined, since in our series of 228 patients with deep venous thrombosis proven radiographically the gross false-negative rate was 8.2%. Five of our 19 errors were technical or interpretational, and 13 (5.7%) were inherent in the method. All but one clot missed by phleborheography were below the popliteal vein. In their series, six of 11 errors were thrombi in the intramuscular
CRANLEY JJ. Phleborheography for Thrombosis. Ann Intern Med. ;89:1006–1007. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-6-1006_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(6):1006-1007.
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