n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Deep venous thrombosis after air travel : main topic

Volume 23, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



All travellers undertaking extensive, long-haul air travel (particularly those with the risk factors outlined in Table I) need to be warned of the risks of DVT and VTE and advised of appropriate preventive measures. <br>All travellers should be aware of the signs and symptoms of DVT / VTE and of the need to seek medical advice should they develop them, in order to help prevent progression of a DVT to a VTE. <br>The risks of screening for those at possible 'risk' for DVT / VTE should be weighed up against the risks of DVT / VTE itself. <br>When DVT is suspected and confirmed by ultrasound in one leg, the possible diagnosis of bilateral DVT and the need for bilateral ultrasound scanning of the legs need to be considered, particularly in symptomatic travellers undertaking long-haul air travel.

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