A prospective study of venous thromboembolism after major trauma.

  title={A prospective study of venous thromboembolism after major trauma.},
  author={William H. Geerts and K I Code and Richard M. Jay and Erluo Chen and John Paul Szalai},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={331 24},
BACKGROUND Although deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are considered common complications after major trauma, their frequency and the associated risk factors have not been carefully quantified. METHODS We performed serial impedance plethysmography and lower-extremity contrast venography to detect deep-vein thrombosis in a cohort of 716 patients admitted to a regional trauma unit. Prophylaxis against thromboembolism was not used. RESULTS Deep-vein thrombosis in the lower… CONTINUE READING
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