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Prevention of Postoperative Leg Vein Thrombosis by Electrical Muscle Stimulation. An Evaluation with 125I-Labelled Fibrinogen

Br Med J 1970; 3 doi: (Published 12 September 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:615
  1. N. L. Browse,
  2. D. Negus


    In a prospective trial of preventing deep vein thrombosis electrical stimulation of the calf muscles of one leg was used in 110 patients undergoing major surgery. Deep vein thrombosis was detected by means of the 125I-fibrinogen uptake test in nine of the stimulated legs and in 23 of the unstimulated legs. It is suggested that this technique, which is both simple and effective, should be used on all patients undergoing major surgery.