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Research Article

Deep venous thrombosis of the legs after strokes: Part 2-Natural history.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 15 May 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1181
  1. C Warlow,
  2. D Ogston,
  3. A S Douglas


    Seven out of 76 patients who had sustained a cerebrovascular accident suffered a pulmonary embolism as diagnosed at necropsy or by unequivocal antemortem criteria. A further five patients had probable embolisation diagnosed only by clinical and chest x-ray criteria. Eleven of these 12 patients had DVT as diagnosed by the 125I-fibrinogen technique. Though 125I-fibrinogen technique has its limitations, thrombosis seemed to be able to develop at several independent sites in the venous system of the leg.