Hong Kong Med J 1998;4:305-10 | Number 3, September 1998
Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in the Chinese population
PL Nandi, WS Li, R Leung, J Chan, HT Chan
Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong Medical Centre, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are well-recognised major health problems in the West. There is a deep-rooted belief among clinicians that deep vein thrombosis is rare in Asians, particularly in the Chinese population. However, it appears that the incidence of venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism is increasing in Chinese patients. Prophylaxis reduces the incidence of venous thrombosis by 66% and of pulmonary embolism by 50%—prophylaxis should therefore be considered for Chinese patients who have a high risk of developing postoperative deep vein thrombosis. This report reviews the current literature on this subject.
Key words: Anticoagulants; Fibrinolysis; Heparin; Postoperative complications; Pulmonary embolism
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