Thromboembolic Complications in Thermally Injured Patients,
ARMY INST OF SURGICAL RESEARCH FORT SAMHOUSTON TX
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The frequency of thromboembolic complications in burn patients has been estimated to range from 0.4 to 7. The clinical significance of these events is often debated and has prompted some centers to adopt the routine prophylactic use of low dose heparin prophylaxis. A 10 year review of 2,103 burn patients treated at this institution was undertaken. Twenty-five 1.2 patients, with a mean age of 40.0 years and an average burn size of 49.3 total body surface area TBSA, were identified as having significant pulmonary thromboembolism PTE. In only 3 0.14 patients was the thromboembolism considered to be a cause of death. Nineteen 0.9 patients, with an average age of 36.7 years and a mean burn size of 48.3 TBSA, developed clinically evident deep venous thrombosis DVT however, in only 1 0.05 patient did the disease progress to fatal PTE.
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