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Thromboembolism in Plastic Surgery

Most, Daniel M.D.; Kozlow, Jeffrey B.A.; Heller, Jennifer M.D.; Shermak, Michele A. M.D.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: February 2005 - Volume 115 - Issue 2 - pp 20e-30e
doi: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000150147.31475.BB
CME: Special Topics

Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Appreciate the pathophysiology of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus. 2. Identify patients at risk for deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus before and after surgery. 3. Recognize modalities for diagnosis and treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus. 4. Recognize what precautions to take to avoid deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus in plastic surgery patients.

Thromboembolism is a dreaded complication of surgery in multiple disciplines, including plastic surgery, and deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus cause significant morbidity, even death. This article provides methods for understanding and preventing deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus in plastic surgery.

Baltimore, Md.

From the Divisions of Plastic Surgery and Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Received for publication May 1, 2003; revised August 21, 2003.

Michele A. Shermak, M.D., Division of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Suite A640, Baltimore, Md. 21224, masherma@jhmi.edu

©2005American Society of Plastic Surgeons