The results of a new study, very fittingly coined “SOX trial”, are putting the usefulness of compression stockings for preventing postthrombotic syndrome in question.
This current research study found no noteworthy benefit of compression stockings to prevent PTS (postthrombotic syndrome) between the group wearing elastic compression stockings versus the placebo control group.
The full article of the study can be obtained by following this link:
Compression stockings to prevent postthrombotic syndrome
Postthrombotic syndrome also known as postphlebitic syndrome is a burdensome and often painful condition that affects about 1 in 3 individuals who have had a prior deep vein thrombosis. A DVT is a blood clot in one of the deeper veins usually occurring in the legs. The most obvious symptoms of this condition are leg pain, swelling (edema) and discoloration of the skin.
Contrary to the above an earlier randomized controlled trial, published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery in 2008, concluded that the extended wearing of compression stockings after a deep vein thrombosis significantly reduces symptoms and may prevent skin changes.
To read more about this study please follow the link below:
Effect of prolonged treatment with compression stockings to prevent postthrombotic sequelae
Our Conclusion: Further studies will be needed to enlighten us which patients may have the greatest benefit from wearing compression stockings.
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