Published: 30 March 2021
Author(s): Michela Giustozzi, Luca Valerio, Giancarlo Agnelli, Cecilia Becattini, Eva-Maria Fronk, Frederikus A. Klok, Stavros V. Konstantinides, Maria Cristina Vedovati, Alexander T. Cohen, Stefano Barco
Issue: May 2021
Section: Original article

The presentation and prognosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) are known to be characterized by considerable sex differences. While men and women have a similar overall risk of developing a first acute VTE [1,2], the incidence of VTE differs between sexes within specific age groups: women have an increased VTE risk in their childbearing age, whereas men are at an increased risk when their age increases [3]. Several reports found that pulmonary embolism is a more frequent presentation site than deep venous thrombosis in women, but not in men [4].

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