Pregnancy-Associated Venous Thromboembolism: Prevention and Treatment Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and this condition remains an important cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. The use of anticoagulant therapy for treatment and prophylaxis of VTE during pregnancy is challenging because of the potential for fetal, as well as maternal, complications. Although evidence-based recommendations for the use of anticoagulants have been published, given the paucity of available data, guidelines are based largely upon observational studies and from data in nonpregnant patients. This article reviews the available literature and provides guidance for the management and prevention of VTE during pregnancy.

publication date

  • October 2011