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Covid Pandemic and DVT

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     by Naomi Schwaitz (Medical Writer for www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com) 

    There are ample articles in the lay media about increasing prevalence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism during the Covid Pandemic. However, the reality remains unknown and has been poorly measured until now.

    Reseaarchers in Turkey compared the number of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) cases during the quarantine period for COVID-19 to that of the year past (2019). 

    They reported tht despite the decrease in the total number of patients admitted to the hospital, there was a significant increase in the number of DVT patients.

    The authors concluded that "COVID-19 confinement seems to be associated with increased rates of DVT. Strict preventive measures such as exercise training or prophylactic drug use should be considered to prevent immobility-related DVT during the COVID-19 quarantine". 

    The study was done at the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, University of Health Science Adana City Training and Research Hospital, Adana, Turkey by Karaali E, Ciloglu O, Demirturk OS et al. Phlebology 2020: December 7 (online print).