Nonleg DVT found in 2% of critically ill patients, study says

03/24/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

A Canadian study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed 2% of critically ill patients, all on prophylactic heparin, developed nonleg deep venous thromboses, which was linked to a higher risk of pulmonary embolism but not ICU mortality. Dr. Greg Maynard of the University of San Diego wrote in an accompanying editorial that the most important finding might be that only 13% of NLDVT patients were given anticoagulants, which he called an "extraordinarily low adherence with guidelines" for treating the condition.

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