Hospital Albert Schweitzer,
Correspondence to: John P. Judson, MD, FCCP, Medical Director, Hospital Albert Schweitzer, Deschapelles, Haiti
To the Editor:
I have read with interest the article by Yusen et al (April
1999)1 entitled “Criteria for Outpatient Management of
Proximal Lower Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis.” It appears to be a
well- designed study, but the results are difficult to evaluate because
the authors have not defined their treatment protocol. Did they use the
same medications and doses for all patients? Was the dose of heparin
based on the patient’s weight?
The authors are to be congratulated for their ability to point out the
logic of outpatient treatment. For clinicians, however, such studies
become far more relevant if the actual treatment methods are described.
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