Bill Johnson, Port Townsend, WA
My high horse is chomping at the bit. I have seen "SFV" in a couple of responses, and can only assume it was from force of habit, since there is no "S" before the "FV" anymore (unless there is a Society of Flownet Vasculophiles and I was not invited to join). I know it is confusing since they did leave the "S" in "SFA". But, if this was easy I would not still be learning, and where's the fun in that?
Kimberly, does central Ohio have too many power lines or something??? Excessive body habitus? Unusual dietary habits? No offense, but I have never been to that part of your state. Your response made me chuckle. Color might help you know where to look when you do compress calf veins and aid in that way as well.
The message about the incidence of PE and gastroc or calf vein thrombosis should make apparent the importance of evaluating calf veins carefully. No, calf veins are not always well visualized, but they can be evaluated, and, utilizing the audible Doppler means we have another tool at our disposal. Distal compressions, color, waveforms, we should do whatever possible to get the information necessary. Asymmetrical, continuous flow in one posterior tibial vein might just make us a bit more suspicious and not miss a proximal thrombosis.
My horse apologizes if we have offended anyone, it was not the intention of this message. As for the SFV, I am not surprised they did not invite me...
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