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Review: elastic compression stockings prevent post-thrombotic syndrome in patients with deep venous thrombosis

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Q Are non-pharmaceutical interventions effective and safe for preventing post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) in patients with deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?


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Cochrane Peripheral Vascular Diseases Specialised Trials Register (January 2003), which is based on searches of Medline and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica; Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (2002); hand searches of Scripta Phlebologica (1993–2000), J Thromb Haemost (2003), conference proceedings, and citations of identified studies; and experts in the field.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or clinical controlled trials that compared medical elastic stockings (pressure 20–30 mm Hg or 30–40 mm Hg …

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  • For correspondence: Dr D N Kolbach, Academic Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

  • Source of funding: Chief Scientist Office, Health Department, The Scottish Executive UK.