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Farrell A.M.;Walsh L.J.;Plant B.J.;Henry M.T.;Kennedy M.P.;Eustace J.E.;Sadlier C.;Crowley M.;Murphy D.M.
2020
January
Irish medical journal
Pulmonary embolism and covid-19
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Anticoagulation COVID-19 Pulmonary Embolus Venous thromboembolism
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2020, Irish Medical Association. All rights reserved. Aims There is increasing concern amongst clinicians of a possible increase in venous thromboembolism (VTE) events in patients with COVID-19. There remains limited data defining the incidence of VTE in this population and thus also a paucity of research examining the impact of targeted treatment in patients with thrombotic complications. Methods We examined the number of symptomatic VTE events amongst proven COVID-19 patients admitted to a tertiary level academic hospital, over a one-month period. Patient characteristics, admission and discharge inflammatory and coagulation markers were included in the analysis. Results Sixty-one patients were identified. Twelve patients (19.6%) admitted with COVID-19 were treated for a suspected PE. Of these patients, 3 patients were discharged on anticoagulation, 3 died and 6 remain inpatients at the end of the study period. Discussion COVID-19 patients are at increased risk of VTE. This risk may extend beyond the period of admission. Further research examining the role of extending the duration of thromboprophylaxis in COVID-19 patients beyond hospital discharge is warranted.
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