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Preventing venous thromboembolism in elderly patients with hip fractures: studies of low-dose heparin, dipyridamole, aspirin, and flurbiprofen.

Br Med J 1977; 1 doi: (Published 26 February 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;1:535
  1. G K Morris,
  2. J R Mitchell


    Low-dose heparin, dipyridamole (alone and in combination with aspirin), and flurbiprofen were evaluated as potential prophylactic agents against deep venous thrombosis in elderly patients with hip fractures. None of the agents that modify platelet behaviour could reduct the frequency of isotopically diagnosed venous thrombosis. Low-dose heparin reduced the overall frequency of venous thrombosis and its extent as judged by the frequency of bilaterally abnormal scans, but this reduction did not achieve statistical significance.