Pain and Swollen Arm? – Upper Arm DVT Protocol

Upper arm pain and swollen and no other likely cause? – combinations of D-dimer testing and compression ultrasounds seem to be the approach.

Thromb Res. 2017 Jun 1;156:54-59. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2017.05.035. The diagnostic management of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis: A review of the literature.
Kraaijpoel N et al

Upper arm DVT protocol starts with questions to determine risk – mostly based on pan and swelling without another cause:

Following is also based on use of D-dimer and compression ultrasonography:

serial us is a measure added in some cases.


Comment  Рlooks so simple once laid out this way.




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