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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in 1–2 patients/1000/year. A total of 60–100 000 patients in the USA die of DVT or PE annually, with 10–30% expiring within 1 month of diagnosis. Recurrence rates of DVT/PE are as high as 33% within 10 years.1
Increased incidence of DVT and PE has been reported among hospitalised and critically ill patients. DVT risk in this subset can be as high as 81% without thromboprophylaxis and 44% with thromboprophylaxis, while 12% progress to PE in spite of …
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