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  • stockings
  • Sequential calf compression and graduated compression stockings are currently the preferred prophylaxis in neurosurgery for the prevention of DVT and pulmonary embolism, sometimes in combination with low molecular weight heparins or unfractionated heparin. (wikipedia.org)
  • Reuters Health) - - Even though many patients with blood clots in their veins are told to wear compression stockings for two years to prevent complications like pain and swelling, a new study suggests they may get the same results in half the time. (reuters.com)
  • All of the patients in the study wore compression stockings for six months to treat what's known as deep vein thrombosis, which is when clots develop in a major vein, usually in the lower leg or thigh. (reuters.com)
  • After that initial six months of treatment, researchers randomly assigned 428 people to wear compression stockings for a total of two years, the current standard of care. (reuters.com)
  • Overall, 28 percent of the people assigned to wear compression stockings for two years developed post-thrombotic syndrome, as did 29 percent of the patients in the group that could halt treatment sooner. (reuters.com)
  • Overall, two-thirds of the people in the individualized therapy group stopped wearing compression stockings before two years. (reuters.com)
  • The study wasn't designed to test whether compression stockings might work better than other interventions, and it's not clear why more patients died in the individualized therapy group, the authors note. (reuters.com)
  • Preventive therapy with elastic compression stockings has been the cornerstone of treatment for decades," Kolbach said by email. (reuters.com)
  • This is very important for patients, because wearing compression stockings - which is unpractical, cumbersome and expensive - can be restricted to around 40 percent of patients needing this prolonged therapy," Huisman, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. (reuters.com)
  • duration
  • This is positive for patients because this means that only those who need compression for longer duration will prolong therapy," ten Cate-Hoek said by email. (reuters.com)
  • medical
  • It is possible to restrict compression to only six months on an individualized basis in those that do not experience complications," said lead study author Dr. Arina J. ten Cate-Hoek of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. (reuters.com)