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International Journal of Vascular Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 414093, 4 pages
Clinical Study

Clinical Characteristics of Patients with Isolated Calf Vein Thrombosis in a Large Teaching Hospital

1Mount Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43213, USA
2Division of Vascular Diseases & Surgery, The Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center and the Vascular Laboratory, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Received 9 November 2010; Accepted 15 February 2011

Academic Editor: Michael Schneck

Copyright © 2011 Santin Brian 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.


Objective. To identify the clinical characteristics of a patient population newly diagnosed with acute isolated calf deep venous thrombosis (ICDVT) by duplex ultrasound scan (DUS). Methods. A retrospective review of the records of 100 consecutive patients diagnosed with ICDVT by DUS was conducted. Results. Patients (59% male) were predominantly Caucasian (86%) and inpatients (69%) with an average age of 53 years. The most frequent risk factors were malignancy (22%), immobility (18%), and previous DVT (13%). Thrombus was present in named tibial veins in 58% and muscular branches in 42%. The peroneal vein was most frequently involved (39/117, 33%) followed by the gastrocnemius veins (29/117, 22%) and muscular calf tributaries (14%). Conclusions. Our patient population with ICDVT was predominantly symptomatic, in-patient cohort with a high incidence of risk factors such as malignancy, immobility, previous DVT, trauma, and postoperative status. Partial or complete resolution was documented by DUS in 53%.