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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Courtney M Daly, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: Part of the Practical Phlebology series created to help clinicians caring for patients with venous disease, this book focuses on deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Purpose: The purpose is to explain the disease process, including prevalence and etiology, as well as to review current recommendations for treatment and optimal patient care.
Audience: The audience includes any clinicians who wish to increase their knowledge of DVT, since it is so prevalent in both medical and surgical patients. The book would be a valuable tool for current practitioners as well as trainees in medical and surgical fields. One of the leaders in the field, the author has contributed to the development of the newest treatment for vascular disease, participated in pivotal clinical trials, and authored numerous publications.
Features: This book is thorough and precise in its description of deep venous thrombosis. It starts with the natural history and etiology of DVT before moving on to discuss current recommendations for DVT prophylaxis, diagnosis of DVT, and management of acute DVT. It does an excellent job of concisely summarizing and providing an evidence-based explanation of current recommendations. This includes a discussion of well-known anticoagulants as well as a comprehensive summary of new oral anticoagulants. One chapter covers interventional treatment of DVT, specifically thrombus removal techniques, and inferior cava filters. The book ends with chapters on heparin-induced thrombocytopenia as well as the technique of common femoral endovenectomy and endoluminal recanalization for chronic post thrombosis iliofemoral venous obstruction. Highlights include a very clear yet thorough explanation of why all DVTs are not the same, and the chapter on new oral anticoagulants, which is comprehensive yet succinct.
Assessment: This is an invaluable book for any clinicians wishing to increase their knowledge about DVT and how to care for patients with this disease process. It is well written with complete yet understandable explanations of the disease process and how to treat patients with each type of DVT. It provides current recommendations as well as evidence-based explanations. Given the prevalence of DVT across many fields of medicine and surgery, clinicians of any specialty would benefit from this book.