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Coagulopathy from liver disease does not protect against VTEAug 16, 2010 09:35 EDT
In his recent paper, Dr Ousama Dabbagh shows that patients with advanced liver disease are at high risk of developing PE and DVT. The take-home message is important: don't be fooled by a high INR in a patient with liver disease, as it in no way implies protection from VTE.
What is your experience with VTE in liver disease patients?
Dabbagh O, Oza A, Prakash S, et al. Coagulopathy does not protect against venous thromboembolism in hospitalized patients with chronic liver disease. Chest 2010;137: 1145-1149. Abstract.