Low molecular weight versus standard heparin for prevention of venous thromboembolism after major abdominal surgery. The Thromboprophylaxis Collaborative Group.


Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) is effective in the prevention of postoperative venous thromboembolism but does it have the safety advantages over standard heparin (SH) that have been claimed? In a multicentre randomised trial in 3809 patients undergoing major abdominal surgery (1894 LMWH, 1915 SH) heparin was given preoperatively and continued for at… (More)