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Thrombosis in pregnancy 

Thrombosis in pregnancy

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Thrombosis in pregnancy
Author(s):

I.A. Greer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1407

November 30, 2011: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 27 June 2017

Aetiology—features that predispose to venous thromboembolism include (1) pregnancy is a thrombophilic state; (2) there is relative venous stasis during pregnancy; and (3) some endothelial damage to the pelvic vessels occurs during delivery.

Epidemiology— venous thromboembolism complicates around 1 in 1000 pregnancies, with highest risk just after delivery. Deep venous thromboses usually occur on the left side, and a much higher proportion are ileofemoral than in patients who are not pregnant....

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