Unnecessary hospitalizations for DVT in the era of NOACs

Published: 21 July 2017
Author(s): Petros Ioannou, Emmanouela Tsagkaraki, Aggeliki M. Andrianaki, John A. Papadakis
Issue: July 2017
Section: Letter to the Editor

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), two closely connected conditions that involve similar pathophysiology, often co-exist at a different degree in some patients, while their treatment is quite similar, requiring anticoagulation as the mainstay of treatment in both cases. However, their prognosis is quite different, with DVT and PE having a 30-day mortality rate of 3% and 31% respectively [1]. It has been previously suggested in the literature that most patients with DVT can be safely discharged and treated as outpatients [2].