The effect of external pneumatic compression on regional fibrinolysis in a prospective randomized trial.

@article{Killewich2002TheEO,
  title={The effect of external pneumatic compression on regional fibrinolysis in a prospective randomized trial.},
  author={Lois Killewich and Mitchell Aaron Cahan and Dinah J Hanna and Maki Murakami and Tatsuo Uchida and Lara A Wiley and Glenn C Hunter},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  year={2002},
  volume={36 5},
  pages={953-8}
}
INTRODUCTION External pneumatic compression devices (EPC) prevent deep venous thrombosis (DVT) by reducing lower extremity venous stasis. Early studies suggested they also enhance fibrinolytic activity; however, in a recent study, EPC had no effect on systemic fibrinolysis in patients undergoing abdominal surgery. The hypothesis of this study was that EPCs enhance regional fibrinolysis in these subjects. METHODS Forty-five patients (44 male, one female; mean age, 67 years) undergoing major… CONTINUE READING