Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a common, potentially life-threatening condition with an estimated annual incidence of 5 to 20 million cases in the United States. The admission rate for DVT, however, is declining greatly owing to the widespread use of newer outpatient treatments. The most common life-threatening consequence of DVT is pulmonary embolism (PE), which is responsible for approximately 200,000 deaths in the United States every year.1 The recognition and early treatment of a presumed or known DVT is paramount to reducing the morbidity and mortality from its local and thromboembolic sequelae.

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