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Thromb Res. 2009;123 Suppl 3:S26-9. doi: 10.1016/S0049-3848(09)70130-6.

Prophylaxis of travel-related thrombosis in women.

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Thrombosis & Haemostasis Unit, Rambam - Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel. b_brenner@rambam.health.gov.il

Abstract

Travel-related thrombosis occurs in 1/6,000 individuals who fly long-haul flights. The risk is increased significantly in passengers with thrombophilia and during hormonal therapy. Pregnancy is a hypercoagulable state with 5-10-fold increase in VTE risk. Mechanisms for hypercoagulation on air are related to cabin atmospheric conditions, with immobility and flight duration playing a major role. Prophylactic measures include frequent exercise in all passengers, elastic stockings and LMWH in travelers at high risk.

PMID:
19203643
DOI:
10.1016/S0049-3848(09)70130-6
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