Venous thromboembolic disease in obstetrics and gynaecology: the Scottish experience

Macklon, N.S. and Greer, I.A. (1996) Venous thromboembolic disease in obstetrics and gynaecology: the Scottish experience. Scottish Medical Journal, 41, (3), 83-86. (PMID:8807703).


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The incidence and pattern of thromboembolic complications in obstetric and gynaecological patients in Scotland between 1981 and 1992 was investigated by analysing ICD coded data retrieved from the SMR1 and SMR2 database. The effect of mode of delivery and maternal age over 35 on risk of thromboembolism in pregnancy was also assessed. 0.076% of gynaecological episodes were subsequently complicated by thromboembolic events. Nineteen percent of those suffering thromboembolic complications within two weeks of discharge were referred back to gynaecology. The incidence of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in those under 35 years and over 35 years was 0.615/1000 maternities and 1.216/1000 maternities respectively. Respective figures for postnatal DVT were 0.304/1000 and 0.720/1000 and for pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE), 0.108/ 1000 and 0.405/1000. In both age groups, emergency caesarean section was associated with a higher incidence of DVT than elective caesarean section and vaginal delivery.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0036-9330 (print)

Subjects: R Medicine > RB Pathology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 185705
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 1996Published
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 12:49
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:38

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