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Claire McLintock - Haematologist & Obstetric Physician

Private Service, Haematology, Maternity, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Venous Thromboembolism Risk Assessment

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) describes blood clots that form in the deep veins of the legs (deep vein thrombosis - DVT) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). Most VTE occurs in the context of know risk events such as surgery, pregnancy, the combined oral contraceptive pill, immobilisation and occasionally are related to long-haul travel. Some patients develop unprovoked or idiopathic or spontaneous VTE.

Patient risk factors for VTE include smoking, increased body mass index, family history of VTE or the presence of an inherited clotting tendency (thrombophilia). Patients who have either had a previous VTE or perhaps have a family history of VTE frequently want to consult a specialist to go over their risk of developing an event in an upcoming risk episode such as surgery, pregnancy or a long-haul flight. 

Dr McLintock can provide a personalised risk assessment for an individual and recommend a management plan for the specific situation.

This page was last updated at 12:47PM on March 8, 2021.