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vol. 83
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Duplex ultrasound for evaluation of deep venous blood flow in fractured lower extremities

Awadalla Adam, Mohamed Yousef, Babiker A. Wahab, Ahmed Abukonna, Mustafa Z. Mahmoud

© Pol J Radiol 2018; 83: e47-e53
Online publish date: 2018/02/04
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Purpose: Early identification of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in trauma patients would result in an early initiation of treatment, thereby decreasing the frequency of complications. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the role of duplex ultrasound (DUS) in the evaluation of deep venous blood flow in fractured lower extremities to rule out DVT prior to orthopedic surgery.

Material and methods: In this prospective study a total of 58 patients (42 males and 16 females; mean age of 51.5 ± 19.5 years) with fractured lower extremities were thoroughly evaluated prior to surgery with respect to medical history, fracture pattern, associated injuries, comorbid conditions, and venous duplex ultrasound (VDUS) findings. Each affected limb was assessed for the presence of DVT using a Sonoline G 60S ultrasound unit. The analysis was performed with the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.

Results: DVT was found in 36 (62.1%) patients with single closed fractures, 9 (15.5%) patients with single opened fractures, 10 (17.2%) patients with multiple closed fractures, and in 3 (5.2%) patients with multiple opened fractures. Sensitivity and specificity of the findings of compressibility and phasicity for DVT detection in patients with fractured lower extremities were 81.25% and 87.50% and 100% and 100% respectively. In addition, the absence of compressibility and phasicity had positive predictive value of 100% and 100% and negative predictive value of 93.75% and 95.65% respectively.

Conclusions: US of DVs in the brightness mode (B-mode) with compression maneuvers should be the first-line imaging modality for suspected DVT in patients with fractured lower extremities.

ultrasonography, Doppler, duplex, venous thromboembolism, venous thrombosis

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