Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in High-Risk Patients by Prophylactic Administration of Oral Anticoagulants

  • Edwin W. Salzman


In recent years the development of sensitive and specific noninvasive methods for diagnosis of venous thrombosis, with confirmation by phlebography, and improvements in the diagnostic methods available for detection of pulmonary embolism have made it possible to identify a number of major risk factors for venous thromboembolism. These features of a patient’s illness may be employed as criteria for selection of the patient as a candidate for prophylactic administration of antithrombotic agents. The more important risk factors that predispose to venous thromboembolism are shown in Table 1.


Pulmonary Embolism Venous Thrombosis Venous Thromboembolism Oral Anticoagulant Prophylactic Administration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edwin W. Salzman
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBeth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

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