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February 14, 1996

Superficial Femoral Vein Thrombosis: A Potentially Confusing Term-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of California at San Diego LaJolla
US Naval Medical Center
Center for Health Care San Diego, Calif

JAMA. 1996;275(6):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530300028029
Abstract

In Reply.  —We agree with Dr Vea and Dr Bluth that education and direct physician-to-physician communication would decrease the potential for misinterpretation of venous duplex reports and episodes such as Dr Schreiber describes. However, with an estimated 5 million cases of deep venous thrombosis annually in the United States,1 even a small percentage of error would lead to a significant number of inadequately treated patients. We feel we have demonstrated that there is an inherent potential for confusion in terming a deep vein in which deep venous thrombosis frequently occurs2 "superficial." If something can go wrong, it often does.3

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