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'VTE risk greatest in the community'

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More patients develop venous thromboembolism (VTE) when outpatients than while in hospital, according to study findings.

More patients develop venous thromboembolism (VTE) when outpatients than while in hospital, according tostudy findings.

US and Canadian researchers assessed the records of 1,897 patients who had a confirmed episode of VTE. They found 74% developed it in an outpatients setting, of which the majority of cases had recently spent time in hospital.

'More VTEs were diagnosed in the three months following hospitalisation than during hospitalisation,' the authors said.

Findings from a recently presented trial of 5,000 patients suggested extending thromprophylaxis to patients after discharge could reduce VTE risk (NT news 24 July, page 6).

Archives of Internal Medicine(2007) 167: 1471-1475

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