Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the presence of coagulated blood, a thrombus, in one of the deep venous conduits that return blood to the heart. The clinical conundrum is that symptoms (pain and swelling) are often nonspecific or absent. If left untreated, the thrombus may become fragmented or dislodged and migrate to obstruct the arterial supply to the lung, causing potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE).
DVT is the third-leading cause of death due to cardiovascular disease, trailing only myocardial infarctions and stroke. Do you know key clinical information about the presentation of DVT, as well as updated best practices for diagnosis and management? Test yourself with this short quiz.
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Cite this: Richard H. Sinert. Fast Five Quiz: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) - Medscape - Aug 23, 2021.