Magnetic resonance imaging of deep venous thrombosis in pregnant women with lower extremity edema.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To review our experience with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis in pregnant women. METHODS: Ten gravidas with lower extremity findings suspicious for pelvic or thigh thrombosis were examined by MRI using a gradient recalled echo technique. RESULTS: In one case, MRI confirmed pelvic extension of a femoral thrombus diagnosed by Doppler ultrasound. In a second case, MRI diagnosed thrombus isolated to the pelvis. In another, MRI detected a femoral thrombus without extension into the iliac veins. Although no thrombus was detected in the remaining seven cases, pelvic vein compression by the gravid uterus was identified in five. CONCLUSION: Magnetic resonance imaging can detect deep venous thrombosis during pregnancy and should be considered when thrombosis of the pelvic veins is a clinical consideration.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Spritzer, CE; Evans, AC; Kay, HH

Published Date

  • April 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 85 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 603 - 607

PubMed ID

  • 7898841

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-7844

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0029-7844(94)00426-e


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States