About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Research Says Risk of Pulmonary Embolism is High in First Week Following Total Joint Replacement

by Kathy Jones on February 9, 2012 at 6:37 PM
Font : A-A+

 Research Says Risk of Pulmonary Embolism is High in First Week Following Total Joint Replacement

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that travels from the leg to the lungs.

Previous research has indicated that the risk of PE following total joint replacement (TJR) surgery is well established, yet little is known about the natural course and timing of this potentially fatal condition.

Advertisement

In the study, "Pulmonary Embolism Following Total Joint Arthroplasty: When Do They Occur?", presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), researchers reviewed the records of 25,660 patients who received TJR between 2000 and 2010. All patients received the anticoagulation (blood thinning) drug Coumadin immediately following surgery and each was monitored, but not screened, for PE. Pulmonary embolism occurring within 90 days of the joint replacement was documented.

The median occurrence of PE was two days following surgery, with 254 out of 286 cases of PE (88.8 percent) occurring within the first seven days after surgery. Based on the findings of this study, anticoagulation treatment beyond seven days may not be necessary.



Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge on Lung Transplantation
Baldness can be Cured and Prevented: let us see How!
Drinking Beer or Wine Every Day Could Cause Age-related Diseases
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Ganglion Cysts - Ganglion Wrist Stroke Deep Vein Thrombosis Silicosis Pulmonary Embolism Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis Deep Vein Thrombosis and Flying Arthrogryposis 

Most Popular on Medindia

Selfie Addiction Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) Drug - Food Interactions How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Sanatogen Hearing Loss Calculator Blood Donation - Recipients Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Indian Medical Journals Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use