Chapter 7: Medical treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolus

Original authors: Russell D. Hull, Graham F. Pineo, and Thomas W. Wakefield

Abstracted by Kellie R. Brown


  • Introduction
  • Goals of treatment (why treat a DVT or PE)?
  • How is a DVT or PE treated?
  • What if blood thinners can't be used?
  • Is there anything elsethat can be done to help the symptoms?
  • What if the DVT is inthe arm?


DVT and PE are treated essentially the same. In this chapter you will discover what is the treatment's strategy using heparin (often LMWH) and warfarin. In the case of a recurrent event, warfarin may be continued for life. If blood thinners aren't able to be used, a filter can be placed to prevent the clot from travelling to the lungs. If symptoms are very severe, removal of the clot from the vein, usually by thrombolysis, can be undertakeN.

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