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Venous Thromboembolism in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Krivak, Thomas C. MD; Zorn, Kristin K. MD

doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000255819.10187.70
Clinical Expert Series

The diagnosis of venous thromboembolism can present a clinical challenge. Using D-dimer testing and spiral or helical computed tomography scans has simplified the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism. In addition, the use of low molecular weight heparin has become widely accepted in the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism. However, further studies are needed to determine optimal prevention and treatment strategies, particularly in the obstetric population.

Venous thromboembolism is a significant source of morbidity and mortality, with techniques for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment evolving to manage that risk.

From the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Magee-Womens Hospital, 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Corresponding author: Thomas C. Krivak, MD, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Magee-Womens Hospital, 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213: e-mail:

© 2007 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.