Bundens WP et al.  The Superficial Femoral Vein: A Potentially Lethal
Misnomer.  JAMA 275:16 1296-1298.  October 25 1995.  


Responding to a questionnaire, 24% of primary care physicians would have
treated thrombosis in the 'SFV' as a DVT.  Probably, if the final report
stated "Acute deep venous thrombosis in the superficial femoral vein . .
 ", there will be less chance that it will be misunderstood.  However,
a verbal report has a much greater possibility for error, likely being
heard as being in a superficial vein.  Just read the paper above.


Terry N



Terry Needham

Heart & Vascular

Erlanger Health System



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      I believe this has been gone over before but the question has come
up again.


      What is the correct name Superficial femoral or Femoral for the
artery and vein in the thigh??

       Ran into a problem this week with this.

        Although the sentence said DVT in the SFV, the patient was not

        Would appreciate all your inputs

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