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Published: 2017-03-22

Pulsatility Index of Popliteal Artery in Patients with Isolated Calf Vein Thrombosis: A Novel Technique for Detecting Thrombosis

Abdussamet Batur, Vural Polat, Mesut Ozgokce, Muhammed Alpaslan, Alpaslan Yavuz, Harun Arslan, Aydin Bora, Mehmet Emin Sakarya

(Department of Radiology, Yuzuncuyil University, Dursun Odabas Medical Center, Van, Turkey)

Pol J Radiol 2017; 82:161-164

DOI: 10.12659/PJR.899949

BACKGROUND: To investigate the usefulness of popliteal artery spectral doppler findings as a complimentary approach to isolated calf vein thrombosis (DVT).
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included consecutive patients presenting with symptomatic and sonographically proven acute isolated calf DVT. Patients with thrombosis of any other vein were excluded. We classified calf vein into into four main types. We investigated how many of these four vessels had DVT and compared them with respect to the pulsatility index (PI) value of the popliteal artery.
RESULTS: We evaluated spectral doppler characteristics of the popliteal artery on the same side as the isolated calf vein thrombosis as well as on the opposite side. The relationship between PI values of the popliteal artery and the number of thrombosed calf veins was investigated. In patients with 1 and/or 2 thrombosed veins, the mean PI was 6.03±0.54 on the side of cDVT and 5.68±0.39 on the opposite side (p=0.008), respectively. Inpatients with 3 and/or 4 thrombosed veins, the mean PI was 8.05±0.61 on the side of cDVT and 6.34±0.47 on the opposite side (p=0.001), respectively.
CONCLUSIONS: Venous doppler sonography for the evaluation of calf DVT may be limited by patient characteristics such as obesity, edema, and tenderness., Arterial PI can be used as a complimentary technique for the detection of venous thrombosis in such of cases.

Keywords: Popliteal Artery, Ultrasonography, Doppler, Pulsed, Venous Thrombosis

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