Consider DVT in all cases of calf pain: Coroner

SA Deputy Coroner Anthony Schapel called on the RACGP to develop clinical guidelines on the diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis and PE, prescribing a low threshold for diagnostic imaging and/or D-dimer blood tests.

GPs should “be advised to consider the possibility of the existence of DVT in all cases of calf pain and not to exclude such a diagnosis on the basis of clinical signs and symptoms alone” and they need to take account of long-haul flights, he said.

Mr Schapel’s recommendations followed an inquest into the deaths of a man and a woman from PE related to calf DVTs,