Diagnosis and Management of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism in Pregnancy

Ashwini Bennett, Sanjeev Chunilal

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Abstract

Pregnancy-associated venous thromboembolism (PAVTE) consists of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (PE) occurring during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. This condition is common and is a major source of morbidity in a population which is young and otherwise relatively healthy. Timely diagnosis and treatment are crucial in ensuring satisfactory patient outcomes. Diagnostic strategies for pregnancy-associated PE in particular require careful consideration of maternal and fetal risks. Low-molecular-weight heparins currently form the mainstay of treatment; however, there are uncertainties around optimal dosing of these agents in certain settings (e.g., obesity). This review discusses the diagnosis and suggested treatment of PAVTE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)760-773
Number of pages14
JournalSeminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Volume42
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • postpartum
  • pregnancy
  • pulmonary embolism
  • thrombosis

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In: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Vol. 42, No. 7, 01.10.2016, p. 760-773.

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