Deep Vein Thrombosis - Pulmonary Embolism

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the presence of thrombus in a vein with accompanying inflammation. Clots in deep veins can cause significant morbidity or mortality. D-dimer is an initial laboratory test for clinical symptoms suggestive of clot; however, diagnosis of VTE relies heavily on imaging. Other laboratory testing may include CBC, evaluation for thrombophilia, and monitoring for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) antibody. If treatment with warfarin is initiated, prothrombin time is used for monitoring. Pharmacogenetic testing for pathways associated with warfarin metabolism may be indicated.

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Content Review: 
February 2018

Last Update: October 2019