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Because of an increased life expectancy, (age-related) co-morbidity is becoming a common occurrence in haemophilia patients. In this review, haemophilia-related and non-haemophilia-related medical problems, treatment recommendations and psychosocial consequences in ageing haemophilia patients are discussed. Haemophilic arthropathy is an important cause of(More)
BACKGROUND Serial ultrasonography is reliable for the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis in symptomatic patients, but the low prevalence of thrombosis in this group renders the approach costly and inconvenient to patients. We studied the clinical validity of the combination of a pretest clinical probability score and a D-dimer test in the initial(More)
D-Dimer measurement is a promising tool in the exclusion of venous thrombosis. New d-dimer assays have been introduced, but need clinical validation. Our objective was to evaluate the clinical usefulness of four relatively new d-dimer assays and a classical ELISA in outpatients suspected for deep venous thrombosis. In 537 patients, participants in a large(More)
BACKGROUND Low NT-proBNP levels are associated with an uncomplicated course in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). The aim of this multicenter management study was to investigate the safety of home treatment of patients with PE with low (< 500 pg mL(-1)) NT-proBNP. METHODS AND RESULTS Hemodynamically stable outpatients with acute PE and NT-proBNP level(More)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality is reported to be decreased in haemophilia patients, but reports on the prevalence of CVD risk factors are conflicting. A cross-sectional assessment of CVD risk profiles was performed in a large cohort of haemophilia patients. Baseline data on CVD risk factors of 709 Dutch and UK haemophilia patients aged ≥30 years(More)
Mortality due to ischemic heart disease in hemophilia patients is lower as compared to the general male population. Differences in the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors cannot explain this finding. The hypocoagulable state of hemophilia patients might have a protective effect on thrombus formation, which precipitates infarction. It remains unclear(More)
BACKGROUND It remains unclear whether a single complete ultrasound examination, which detects calf vein thrombosis, is as safe as a baseline rapid ultrasound examination, repeated after 1 week when negative, which examines the veins in the groin and the knee. Therefore, we compared the safety and feasibility of two diagnostic ultrasound strategies,(More)
BACKGROUND D-dimer testing to rule out deep vein thrombosis is less useful in older patients because of a lower specificity. An age-adjusted D-dimer cut-off value increased the proportion of older patients (>50 years) in whom pulmonary embolism could be excluded. We retrospectively validated the efficacy of this cut-off combined with clinical probability(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the accuracy of the Wells rule for excluding deep vein thrombosis and whether this accuracy applies to different subgroups of patients. DESIGN Meta-analysis of individual patient data. DATA SOURCES Authors of 13 studies (n = 10,002) provided their datasets, and these individual patient data were merged into one dataset. ELIGIBILITY(More)
To enable outpatient treatment of a selected group of patients with pulmonary embolism (PE), insight in the determinants of adverse clinical outcome is warranted. We have identified risk factors for serious adverse events (SAE) within the first 10 days of acute PE. We have retrospectively analysed data of 440 consecutive patients with acute PE. Collected(More)