Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

A guide for practitioners

A guide for practitioners

by Andrew Blann

Many common problems in clinical medicine and general practice relate to arterial and venous thrombosis. Thrombosis in veins (i.e. venous thromboembolism - VTE) is a permanent problem in various cancers and following surgery, especially orthopaedic.

Other risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

It has recently been estimated that deaths due to venous thromboembolism - VTE in the European Community exceed those due to:

  • AIDS
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • and road traffic accidents combined

(House of Commons Health Committee, 2005)

Ideally, prevention of VTE is by the avoidance (or minimisation) of risk factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise, but if this is impossible (e.g. surgery, cancer), there are drug and non-drug treatments, which are also used once a clot is present.

This clinical guide provides a user-friendly resource covering all aspects of VTE, from cause and diagnosis through to clinical management.

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