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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 9631432, 4 pages
Case Report

Upper Extremity Deep Vein Thromboses: The Bowler and the Barista

1Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
2Department of Family and Community Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, 833 East Chestnut Street, Suite 301, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

Received 24 May 2016; Revised 2 September 2016; Accepted 18 September 2016

Academic Editor: Matthias Reinhard

Copyright © 2016 Seth Stake et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Effort thrombosis of the upper extremity refers to a deep venous thrombosis of the upper extremity resulting from repetitive activity of the upper limb. Most cases of effort thrombosis occur in young elite athletes with strenuous upper extremity activity. This article reports two cases who both developed upper extremity deep vein thromboses, the first being a 67-year-old bowler and the second a 25-year-old barista, and illustrates that effort thrombosis should be included in the differential diagnosis in any patient with symptoms concerning DVT associated with repetitive activity. A literature review explores the recommended therapies for upper extremity deep vein thromboses.