What conditions predispose to thrombosis?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Wanda L Rivera-Bou, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Pathologic thrombosis can occur in any vessel at any location in the body. There are several conditions that predispose to thrombosis, including the following:

  • Atherosclerosis (plaque rupture)
  • Blood flow changes
  • Metabolic disorders (diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia)
  • Hypercoagulable states
  • Smoking
  • Trauma and burns

For patient education information, see DVT (Blood Clot in the Leg, Deep Vein Thrombosis).


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