: Background and Objectives: Prophylactic doses of low-molecular-weight heparins or fondaparinux showed their efficacy and safety for treatment of all superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) of the lower limbs, yet not for those extended to the last 3 cm of the great saphenous vein, close to the sapheno-femoral junction, or considered as a deep-vein thrombosis. Some experts suggest that these patients should be managed with full anticoagulant doses but evidence to support this recommendation is lacking, suggesting the need for a properly designed trial. Materials and Methods: Before starting a new trial, the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Medicine (SIAPAV) decided to verify the common therapeutic approaches for patients with an SVT in Italian vascular centers based on a hypothetical significant variation in each daily clinical practice. A standardized questionnaire of 10 questions was administered to all SIAPAV affiliates by means of the official Society website. Results: From 1 December 2022 to 20 January 2023 a total of 191 members (31.8%) answered the questionnaire, showing a detailed and a substantial heterogeneity in the therapeutic approach to SVT patients among experienced vascular physicians and angiologists. Detailed results are reported in the relative section. Conclusions: The therapeutic approach of SVT extended to the iuxta-femoral segment of the great saphenous vein is still a matter of debate, and data to support therapeutic strategies are lacking. The wide heterogeneity in the management of SVT patients, including those with more extended thrombosis, confirmed that a randomized controlled clinical trial investigating the efficacy and the safety of a tailored therapeutic regimen in this particular subgroup of patients is strongly warranted.

Common Practice in the Treatment of Superficial Vein Thrombosis Involving the Sapheno-Femoral Junction: Results from a National Survey of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Medicine (SIAPAV)

Di Nisio, Marcello;
2023-01-01

Abstract

: Background and Objectives: Prophylactic doses of low-molecular-weight heparins or fondaparinux showed their efficacy and safety for treatment of all superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) of the lower limbs, yet not for those extended to the last 3 cm of the great saphenous vein, close to the sapheno-femoral junction, or considered as a deep-vein thrombosis. Some experts suggest that these patients should be managed with full anticoagulant doses but evidence to support this recommendation is lacking, suggesting the need for a properly designed trial. Materials and Methods: Before starting a new trial, the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Medicine (SIAPAV) decided to verify the common therapeutic approaches for patients with an SVT in Italian vascular centers based on a hypothetical significant variation in each daily clinical practice. A standardized questionnaire of 10 questions was administered to all SIAPAV affiliates by means of the official Society website. Results: From 1 December 2022 to 20 January 2023 a total of 191 members (31.8%) answered the questionnaire, showing a detailed and a substantial heterogeneity in the therapeutic approach to SVT patients among experienced vascular physicians and angiologists. Detailed results are reported in the relative section. Conclusions: The therapeutic approach of SVT extended to the iuxta-femoral segment of the great saphenous vein is still a matter of debate, and data to support therapeutic strategies are lacking. The wide heterogeneity in the management of SVT patients, including those with more extended thrombosis, confirmed that a randomized controlled clinical trial investigating the efficacy and the safety of a tailored therapeutic regimen in this particular subgroup of patients is strongly warranted.
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