Venous thromboembolism

Venous thromboembolism

What is venous thromboembolism in schizophrenia?

Venous thromboembolism is a disorder that includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. A deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis. Swelling, redness, and pain are some of the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism can cause sudden chest pain and shortness of breath.

What is the evidence for comorbid venous thromboembolism?

Moderate to low quality evidence finds people with schizophrenia had small, significantly higher risk of venous thromboembolism, including fatal venous thromboembolism, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism compared to people without a psychotic disorder.

October 2021

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Last updated at: 4:45 am, 26th October 2021
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