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Editor's Correspondence
May 24, 1999

Cigarette Smoking: Risk Factor for Venous Thromboembolic Disease?

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(10):1144. doi:

Kahn1 reviewed the clinical diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and presented recent epidemiological data on DVT incidence and risk factors. The author also reviewed recently published clinical prediction indexes for DVT2 designed to improve the cost-effectiveness and utility of clinicians' diagnostic assessment of persons suspected of having DVT. Neither Kahn nor the authors of the prediction indexes included cigarette smoking as a risk factor for DVT.