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Am J Gastroenterol. 1996 Jun;91(6):1116-9.

The risk of withdrawing chronic anticoagulation because of acute GI bleeding.

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Division of Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.



We sought evidence for thromboembolic sequelae after the transient withdrawal of chronic anti-coagulation because of acute GI bleeding.


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.


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.


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.

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