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Infections Can Double The Risk of Blood Clots

Monday, 03 April 2006 12:00 AM

Acute infections may temporarily increase the risk of both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, according to a new study from Britain.

Dr. Liam Smeeth, Ph.D., and colleagues of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine obtained information from a nationwide health database of more than 20 million patients. They found 7,278 cases of first deep vein thromboembolism, and 3,755 cases of first pulmonary embolism.

The investigators then looked for links of embolisms with urinary tract infections and respiratory tract infections.

They found that the risks were up to twice as high in the weeks following an infection. doubled in the first two weeks after urinary tract infections and were boosted by nearly 50 percent after respiratory tract infections.

"Our results show that in a community setting, acute infection is linked to a transient increase in the risk of venous thromboembolism -- both deep venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism -- suggesting a role for acute infections in triggering such events," the investigators wrote.

The increased risk for thromboembolic events appears to be related to inflammation cause by infection, not the specific type of infection, the authors found.

The study appears in The Lancet.

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