What is the effect of long-term anticoagulation in treating pulmonary embolism (PE)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Daniel R Ouellette, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Answer

Long-term anticoagulation is critical to the prevention of recurrence of DVT or pulmonary embolism. The general consensus is that a significant reduction in recurrence is associated with 3-6 months of anticoagulation. (See Medication.)


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