2. Indications and Contraindications

Indications and Contraindications

Deep Vein Thrombosis Ultrasound Indications

  • Unilateral lower extremity symptoms including:
    • Leg pain
    • Tenderness
    • Swelling
    • Erythema
  • Positive Homans’ Sign (pain on calf compression during the physical exam)
  • Any concern for DVT

Deep Vein Thrombosis Ultrasound Contraindication

  • There is a theoretical risk of dislodging a clot and causing a pulmonary embolism with compression. This is a rare complication, but something you should be aware of (Lockhart, Sheldon & Robbin).