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Deep Venous Thrombosis

Steve Goodacre, MB, ChB, MSc, PhD
Ann Intern Med. 2008;149(5):ITC3-1. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-149-5-200809020-01003
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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a relatively common and potentially life-threatening condition that affects approximately 100 persons per 100 000 per year in the United States (1). About one third of patients with VTE present with features of pulmonary embolism (PE), and two thirds present with features of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Treated DVT has an excellent prognosis. The probability of fatal PE is 0.4% and the probability of nonfatal thromboembolism is 3.8% over a 3- to 6-month treatment period (2).

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