Variability in the management of superficial venous thrombophlebitis among phlebologists and vascular surgeons

Anahita Dua, Bhavin Patel, Jennifer Heller, Sreyram Kuy, Joseph Dubose, Jeffrey S. Tomasek, Eric Mowatt Larssen, Sapan S. Desai

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Abstract

Introduction. This study aimed to compare management patterns of patients with superficial venous thrombophlebitis (SVT) among phlebologists and vascular surgeons. Methods. A survey was provided to practitioners who attended the American Venous Forum meeting in 2011. Statistical analysis included descriptive statistics, unpaired t tests, and Friedman's test for correlation. Results. There were 354 US or Canadian health care providers of whom 169 were phlebologists and 185 were vascular surgeons. There was a significant different in anticoagulation administration and duration (P =.034, P =.032, respectively). Friedman's test for correlation between multiple surgical treatments showed no correlation between surgical treatments tested with all treatments having an equal distribution in our data. Follow-up differed between groups with vascular surgeons following up with imaging more than phlebologists (P =.03). Conclusion. Our data indicate that there is no consensus between or among phlebologists or vascular surgeons as to the surgical management of superficial venous thrombophlebitis, duration of follow-up, and anticoagulation parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalPerspectives in vascular surgery and endovascular therapy
Volume25
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • phlebologists
  • superficial venous thrombophlebitis
  • vascular surgeons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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