Paul D. Stein, MD; Fadi Kayali, MD; Allen Silbergleit, MD; Russell D. Hull, MBBS, MSc; Ronald E. Olson, PhD; Frederick A. Meyers, MD
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Stein PD, Kayali F, Silbergleit A, Hull RD, Olson RE, Meyers FA. Incidence of Pregnancy-Associated Venous Thromboembolism. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:453-454. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-144-6-200603210-00019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(6):453-454.
TO THE EDITOR:
Heit and colleagues (1) stated that there are few data regarding the relative risks for venous thromboembolism during pregnancy. After examining 105 patients with deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) during pregnancy or postpartum, the authors estimated that the incidence of DVT during pregnancy remained essentially unchanged over the 30-year period of study and that the incidence of postpartum DVT declined. The authors speculated that early mobilization and shorter hospitalization after delivery may have contributed to this result. This apparently advantageous observation, based on a limited database, may cause physicians to become complacent.
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