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COVID-19 not associated with heightened VTE risk after discharge

A study performed in Belgium revealed a rather low incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in discharged COVID-19 patients, and so data do not warrant a recommendation for prescription of extended thromboprophylaxis on a regular basis [1].

As the use of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) appears to be linked to a better prognosis for hospitalised COVID-19 patients, every COVID-19 patient at University Hospital Leuven receives LWMH at prophylactic dosage, with ICU patients receiving an intermediate dose [2]. Yet, limited evidence is available on the incidence of VTE in discharged patients after COVID-19 hospitalisation, and whether extended prophylactic therapy is necessary.

To this end, Dr Matthias Engelen (University Hospital Leuven, Belgium) and colleagues evaluated data from 133 adult COVID-19 patients. Participants were screened with venous ultrasound (VUS), and their C-reactive protein (CRP) and D-dimer levels were measured at 6 weeks after ...



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