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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: Paediapaedia: Compression Ultrasound for Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) Paediapaedia: Cardiovascular Procedure Descriptions

Compression Ultrasound for Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed


Patient Preparation:
None

Contrast:
None

Technique:
Transducer - 5 or 7 Mhz linear.

Views to Take:
Do the normal extremity first to establish a baseline. Start at the groin taking transverse non compression and compression views all the way down the lower extremity from the common femoral vein (CFV), superficial femoral vein (SFV) to the popliteal vein (PV). Also get transverse views without and with augmentation at the levels of the CFV, SFV, and PV. Then obtain longitudinal views with spectral and color doppler at the levels of the CFV, SFV, and PV. Then repeat the entire examination on the abnormal side with the addition of attempting to look as deep in the pelvis as you can in an attempt to visualize the iliac veins and the inferior vena cava.

References:
See References Chapter.

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