Deep vein thrombois of upper limbs – Cardiology MCQ

Wrong statement about deep vein thrombosis of upper limbs compared to lower limbs:

a) Lower chance of pulmonary embolism

b) Higher recurrence at one year

c) Lower incidence of post thrombotic syndrome

d) None of the above

Correct answer: b) Higher recurrence at one year

The chance of pulmonary embolism is 6% for upper extremities, while it ranges from 15 – 30% with lower limbs. Recurrence at one year is 2-5% for upper extremities while it is 10% for lower extremities. The incidence of post thrombotic syndrome is much higher for lower extremities than upper extremities.