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Coagulation System: Emergency Surgery in the Patient Taking Warfarin or Low Molecular Weight Heparin 

Coagulation System: Emergency Surgery in the Patient Taking Warfarin or Low Molecular Weight Heparin
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Coagulation System: Emergency Surgery in the Patient Taking Warfarin or Low Molecular Weight Heparin
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Shannon Kilkelly

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190226459.003.0090
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date: 06 July 2020

Despite the development of entirely new classes of anticoagulant medication, vitamin K antagonists like warfarin continue to be commonly prescribed for a wide range of cardiovascular diagnoses. Conversely, the advent of low molecular weight heparin has greatly simplified the use of the drug to the point that patients can dose themselves at home with no need for any type of monitoring. Given the widespread use of these medications, it is not surprising that an increasing number of patients requiring urgent or emergent surgery will present with a medically induced coagulopathy. Managing this coagulopathy requires assessment of the urgency of the operation, the patient’s volume status, and the need for reanticoagulation following surgical intervention.

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