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Severe Urinary Infection Could Lead To Deadly Blood Clots

by Medindia Content Team on April 1, 2006 at 7:12 PM
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Severe Urinary Infection Could Lead To Deadly Blood Clots

A new study says that those who suffer from severe urinary infection are more likely to develop deadly blood clots.

Earlier studies had found a link between acute infections and heart attacks, but scientists were unaware about the relationship between infections and clotting in large veins, reported the online edition of New Scientist.

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Researcher Liam Smeeth at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and his colleagues studied more than 7,000 patients who had experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that develops in a deep vein usually in the lower leg.

The researchers who also identified nearly 4,000 patients who had suffered a pulmonary embolism - a dangerous blood clot in the lungs - found that urinary tract infections temporarily double a person's risk of both DVT and pulmonary embolism, a condition that occurs when an artery in your lung becomes blocked.
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Patrick Vallance of the University College London, a co-author of the study, says researchers should conduct follow-up studies to see if interventions to treat temporary inflammation, for example following an operation, with drugs such as aspirin would reduce the risk of DVT and pulmonary embolism.

--Edited IANS
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