Home treatment of DVT

Deep Venous Thrombosis is a common problem and its treatment usually starts with a hospitalization for IV heparin. Home treatment of newly diagnoses DVT would be a boon to patients and reduce costs of the overburdened health care system. Four criteria can be used to identify patients with DVT for whom outpatient treatment might not be appropriate: presence of massive DVT, presence of symptomatic pulmonary embolism, high risk of bleeding with anticoagulant therapy, and presence of other conditions or other factors that warrant in-hospital care. This is an extensively studied subject and at this point, limited literature evidence suggests that home management is cost effective and preferred by patients.

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