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Friday, July 22, 2011

Acute gastroduodenal lesions in patients with venous thromboembolism. Identification of patients at risk.

Acute gastroduodenal lesions in patients with venous thromboembolism. Identification of patients at risk.

BE CAREFUL BEFORE STARTING HEPARIN THERAPY IN PATIENTS WITH PE/DVT.

'The prime complication of heparin therapy is bleeding,
and the gastrointestinal tract is the most common site of
bleeding in patients treated with heDarin. We recently
reported that gastroduodenal lesions are coiuimon in patients admitted because of acute venous thromboembolism,
and now we present our experience in a larger series of
patients. The aims of the study were to try to validate our
previous findings and to identify clinical factors that could
increase the likelihood of having an acute, potential bleeding lesion in the gastroduodenal tract.'