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Compression stockings may help prevent deep vein thrombosis

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1200
  1. Chaudhry Samena
  1. BMJ

    Symptomless deep venous thrombosis might occur in up to 10% of long haul airline travellers, concluded the authors of a new study published last week, which assessed the overall frequency of the condition in long haul airline passengers (Lancet 2001;357:1485).

    John Scurr, consultant surgeon from the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, and colleagues, recruited 89 male and 142 female passengers aged over 50. They randomly allocated half to wear knee high elastic compression stockings and half to wear normal travel clothes.

    The passengers, who all took flights of at least eight hours and returned …

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