Compression Stockings Not Helpful After Deep Venous Thrombosis

Compression stockings ineffective after DVT

Clinical Question:
Should patients who have experienced a deep vein thrombosis wear elastic compression stockings?

Bottom Line:
Elastic compression stockings do not relieve pain or prevent postthrombotic syndrome or its recurrence in patients who have experienced venous thromboembolism. They will, however, give you that “I’ve just been in the hospital” look. (LOE = 1a-)

Reference:  Berntsen CF, Kristiansen A, Akl EA, et al. Postthrombotic syndrome in patients with deep vein thrombosis. Am J Med
2016;129(4):447.e1-447.e20.
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