Calf Muscle Venous Thrombosis: A Review of the Clinical Implications and Therapy

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Abstract

Calf muscle veins have been demonstrated to be one of the most frequent areas that develop deep venous thrombosis (DVT), both as an isolated finding and in combination with proximal DVT. Calf muscle venous thrombosis (CMVT) has been shown to be more frequently associated with localized calf tenderness, and when left untreated, a proportion tend to propagate proximally and may lead to pulmonary embolism. Imaging with duplex venous scanning is fairly sensitive in the diagnosis of CMVT. Treatment recommendations for CMVT are variable with some studies showing clear clinical benefit of anticoagulation therapy and others showing no benefit.

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