Which factors increase the bleeding risk for thrombolytic medication used in the treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The need should be compelling when thrombolysis is considered in a setting of known contraindications. Factors such as recent surgery, stroke, gastrointestinal or other bleeding, and underlying coagulopathy increase the bleeding risk when the thrombolytic medication is administered. The process of obtaining informed consent should include a discussion of these risks.


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