Extremities, Vascular, Ultrasound, Complications, Diagnostic procedure, Embolism / Thrombosis
G. mehdipoor1, A. Arjmand Shabestari1, G. Y. Lip2, B. Bikdeli3; 1Tehran/IR, 2Birmingham/UK, 3New Haven/US
Methods and Materials
We searched PubMed for studies published from English from January 1960 to April 2015.
We also searched the reference lists of retrieved papers for additional relevant publications.
We included all cohort studies,
and case reports that described PE as a consequence of ultrasonographic assessment of extremities.
We excluded studies that reported assessment of areas other than extremities.
If there were multiple reports for the same patient(s),
only the most comprehensive single reports was considered.
We conducted the study in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (PRISMA) guidelines.(2) We did not report the risk of bias among studies,
Since all the identified studies were case reports,
we omitted that section.