ASH VTE Guidelines: Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism
In February 2022, these guidelines were reviewed by an expert work group convened by ASH. Review included limited searches for new evidence and discussion of the search results. Following this review, the ASH Committee on Quality agreed to continue monitoring the supporting evidence rather than revise or retire these guidelines at this time. Limited searches and expert review will be repeated annually going forward until these guidelines are revised or retired. Derivative resources will be updated accordingly.
Accurate diagnosis of VTE is important due to the morbidity and mortality associated with missed diagnoses and the potential side effects, patient inconvenience, and resource implications of anticoagulant treatment given for VTE. These guidelines are intended to support patients, clinicians, and health care professionals in VTE diagnosis. Diagnostic strategies were evaluated for pulmonary embolism (PE), deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the lower and upper extremity, and recurrent VTE.
Access the full guidelines on the Blood Advances website:
Guideline Implementation Tools and Resources
ASH guidelines are reviewed annually by expert work groups convened by ASH. Resources derived from guidelines that require updating are removed from the ASH website.
A snapshot of these guidelines is also available as a PDF.
VTE Guidelines: What You Should Know
This one-page snapshot provides a high-level summary of the guidelines for efficient diagnostic strategies for evaluating patients with suspected VTE. A snapshot of the full VTE guidelines is also available for download.
ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines App
The ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines App provides easy access to every recommendation from all guidelines published by ASH, including rationale for each recommendation, benefits and harms associated with each recommended course of action, and links to the complete evidence-to-decision tables used to develop the recommendations. This app is also available via web interface.
Help your colleagues diagnose, manage, and treat VTE with the following teaching slides designed for easy dissemination:
Listen to the podcast below to learn more about ASH's diagnosis guidelines.