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Open Access Controversies in the management of venous thromboembolism

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) includes pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and is frequently encountered in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


This review examines three significant controversies in the management of VTE.


Thrombolytic therapy has been available for >50 years, yet its role in the management of acute PE remains controversial. The role of interruption of the venous system by insertion of an inferior vena cava filter into a VTE is a therapeutic challenge for hospital-based physicians. The duration of anticoagulation as therapy for VTE is a challenge for many outpatient physicians.


Review of recent literature will guide clinicians in the management of venous thromboembolism.
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Keywords: DVT; PE; Thrombolytic therapy; Venous thromboembolism; anticoagulation; deep vein thrombosis; pulmonary embolism

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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  • The Journal of Precision Respiratory Medicine (JPRM) is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely information regarding cutting edge advancements in the knowledge and practice of respiratory medicine. Its primary readership extends to all medical providers with an interest in respiratory diseases.

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