Am J Cardiol. 2021 Jan 30:S0002-9149(21)00095-3. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2021.01.024. Online ahead of print.
Despite apparent advantages of home treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) based upon results of randomized controlled trials, physicians maintain a conservative approach, and a large proportion of patients with DVT are hospitalized. In the present investigation we assess whether selection of patients for hospitalization for acute DVT was related to the site of the DVT or to age. This was a retrospective cohort study based on administrative data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2016. Patients were identified by International Classification of Diseases-10-Clinical Modification codes. Most, 87,436 of 133,414 (66%), had proximal DVT. A minority of patients with isolated distal DVT were hospitalized 10,621 of 37,592 (28%). However, hospitalization was selected for 47,459 of 87,436 (54%) with proximal DVT; 4,867 of 7,599 (64%) with pelvic vein DVT; and 611 of 788 (78%) with DVT involving the inferior vena cava. Hospitalization for patients with distal DVT, proximal DVT, and pelvic vein DVT was age-dependent. In conclusion, both the site of acute DVT and age were factors affecting the clinical decision of emergency department physicians to select patients for hospital treatment.