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BLOOD CLOT RISK

ANCHOR LEAD:  BLOOD CLOTS ARE MUCH MORE COMMON AFTER SURGERY THAN ANYONE THOUGHT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

In a simply enormous undertaking called the ‘Million Women Study,’  researchers in the United Kingdom found that blood clot formation following surgery occurs more often and extends for much longer than had been previously shown.  Pam Lipsett, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins, comments. 

LIPSETT:  It really raises the question of whether we are appropriately extending anticoagulation for the duration of risk.  Most worrisome in this study was the fact that the greatest risk was in week three postop.  While some recommendations for orthopedic surgery include risks going out four weeks, I would say by no means is this routine for any other procedures, and it really raises the question of whether we should consider clinical trials in this area or simply implement this practice.    :34

Lipsett says women having surgery should ask their doctor about how long anticlotting medications should be used.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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