Objective: We sought evidence for thromboembolic sequelae after the transient withdrawal of chronic anticoagulation because of acute GI bleeding. Methods: Our Gastrointestinal Bleeding Team endoscopic database was reviewed over a 5-yr period to identify patients who underwent a transient withdrawal from chronic anticoagulation as a result of acute GI bleeding. Long term follow-up records were available for all study patients and were carefully scrutinized for any symptomatic thromboembolic events. Results: Twenty-seven patients were included in the study, of which 17 (63%) were on chronic anticoagulation for prosthetic heart valves. Chronic anticoagulation was withheld for a median period of 3 days (range = 2-7 days) for patients with prosthetic heart valves and 7 days (range = 2-15 days) for patients on chronic anticoagulation for other indications. Over a median follow-up period of 8 months (range = 1-54 months), one patient developed documented lower extremity thromboembolism. Conclusions: We conclude that symptomatic thromboembolism can occur after the transient withdrawal of chronic anticoagulation for acute GI bleeding but that it does not occur frequently.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Journal of Gastroenterology|
|State||Published - Jun 1 1996|
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