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Detection of varicose vein recurrence by duplex ultrasound: intra- and interobserver reproducibility.
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PMID:  22316600     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In a long-term follow-up study comparing saphenofemoral ligation and stripping with endovenous laser ablation, the groin is examined yearly by duplex ultrasound (DUS) to detect postoperative varicose vein recurrence. Clear criteria are needed for the uniformity of DUS observations. Physicians taking care of the follow-up were evaluated by an intra- and interobserver analysis. DUS films of 22 patients with no recurrence and 22 patients with recurrence of varicose veins were twice interpreted in two sessions. Observations were analysed by a kappa test. Interpretations of DUS by experienced observers show a kappa >7. Improved kappa results were measured over time in our physician in training. In conclusion, the reproducibility of DUS studies performed by the experienced observers of the study is excellent.
S A Gauw; P Pronk; M C Mooij; M T W Gaastra; J A Lawson; C J van Vlijmen-van Keulen
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-8
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Title:  Phlebology / Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1758-1125     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9012921     Medline TA:  Phlebology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Centrum Oosterwal, Dermatology and Phlebology, Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
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