Jornal Vascular Brasileiro
Jornal Vascular Brasileiro
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Clinical significance of recurrent venous thromboembolism

Significância clínica de tromboembolismo venoso recorrente

Nicos Labropoulos; Georgios Spentzouris; Marcone Lima Sobreira

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Recurrent venous thromboembolism is a significant problem leading to increased morbidity and mortality. It has a high impact on patients' quality of life and imposes a great financial burden on society. Cumulative recurrence has been reported as 40% at 10 years, while the chance of developing postthrombotic signs and symptoms in the lower extremities almost quadruples when ipsilateral. There is also a higher chance of developing pulmonary hypertension. Important factors for recurrence are unprovoked episodes of deep vein thrombosis, malignancy and older age. The evidence for other factors is controversial. Accurate diagnosis and treatment tailored to the patients' history, thrombotic events and risk factors are necessary to optimize management and prevent recurrence.


Recurrent venous thromboembolism, postthrombotic syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, anticoagulation


O tromboembolismo venoso recorrente é um problema importante que leva ao aumento da morbimortalidade. Impõe forte impacto à qualidade de vida dos pacientes e grande carga financeira para a sociedade. Acredita-se que a recorrência cumulativa atinja 40% em 10 anos, enquanto que a chance de desenvolver sinais e sintomas pós-trombóticos nas extremidades inferiores quase quadruplica no caso de trombose ipsilateral. Há também uma maior chance do desenvolvimento de hipertensão pulmonar. Fatores importantes para a recorrência são: episódios não provocados de trombose venosa profunda, malignidade e idade avançada. As evidências relacionadas a outros fatores são controversas. Diagnóstico preciso e tratamento adaptado ao histórico dos pacientes, aos eventos trombóticos e aos fatores de risco são necessários para otimizar o manejo e prevenir a recorrência.


Tromboembolismo venoso recorrente, síndrome pós-trombótica, hipertensão pulmonar, anticoagulação


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