Letters Thrombosis in pregnancy

Risk of venous thromboembolism in pregnancy and risks from unnecessary investigations must both be minimised

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7498 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7498
  1. Jecko Thachil, consultant haematologist1
  1. 1Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL, UK
  1. jeckothachil{at}yahoo.co.uk

Sultan and colleagues remind us of the high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pregnancy, but the main concern is the increase in referrals for excluding VTE.1 For example, a study of 149 pregnant women who underwent compression ultrasonography for suspected deep vein thrombosis (DVT) found a prevalence of only 8.7%.2

Diagnosis of VTE …

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