Is indicated after long term treatment with heparin

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.687 (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:687
  1. Catherine Nelson-Piercy,
  2. Michael De Swiet
  1. Part time senior registrar Consultant physician Department of Obstetric Medicine, Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital for Women, London W6 0XG

    EDITOR,—There is an important omission from the clinical indications for bone densitometry listed in J E Compston and colleagues' review article1—namely, long term treatment with heparin, which causes osteoporosis.2 The most common indication for long term heparin is thromboprophylaxis in pregnant women. It is our policy to treat women at high risk of thromboembolism (those with a history of …

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