Muñoz FJ, et al. Clinical outcome of patients with upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis: results from the RIETE Registry. Chest. 2008 Jan;133(1):143-8.
Objective: To analyze the 3-month demographic characteristics, treatment & outcome of patients with DVT in the arm.
Methods: Analysis of patients from the RIETE Registry <https://www.riete.org/info/general/index.php?lang=en_US> (patients with objectively confirmed, symptomatic, acute DVT or pulmonary embolism). No protocol for treatment.
Data: Of 512 patients (4.4% of the patients in the registry in Sept 2006) had arm DVT. 124 (24%) of these patients had had a catheter but no history of cancer (matches the patient in the case).
Table 1 compares the 3 month outcomes of all patients upper extremity DVT to lower extremity DVT
For patients with a history of a catheter but no history of cancer (Table 2), the incident rates at 3 months were:
Major bleeding: 2.4%
Fatal bleeding: 0
Recurrent DVT: 0
Recurrent PE: 1.6%