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Discontinuing aspirin or warfarin is optional for cataract surgery

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:0-f

Question Should anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents be stopped before cataract surgery?

Synopsis In theory, having cataract surgery while taking anticoagulants might increase the risk of ocular haemorrhage. Is there any benefit to continued anticoagulation? Although this isn't the best possible study, it is the best available evidence to date on this question. In this cohort study, the authors looked at all patients undergoing cataract surgery who were older than 50 years …

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