In this large trial of patients with a lower extremity DVT, with follow up for 2 years, they were randomized to below the knee or thigh length stockings; the incidence of post thrombotic syndrome was the same between the groups (~33-36%), but stocking related adverse effects were much more common in the thigh high group (41% versus 27%). There is no advantage to thigh high stockings to prevent post thrombotic syndrome in patients with lower extremity DVT (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.