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In pregnant women, the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) increases substantially during admission to hospital for reasons other than delivery, and persists up to 28 days postdischarge.
In pregnant women admitted to hospital, thrombosis prophylaxis should be considered and its benefits weighed against the risks. Studies into the optimal prophylactic approach are needed.
Pregnant women have a higher risk of VTE than non-pregnant women.1 VTE is the leading cause of maternal death in developed countries and many women develop post-thrombotic syndrome. In the general population, admission to hospital increases the risk of VTE by more than 100-fold. It …
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