Pulmonary embolism in burns, is there an evidence based prophylactic recommendation? Case report and review of literature

Raul Sebastian, Omar Ghanem, Frank DiRoma, Stephen M. Milner, Leigh A. Price

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Abstract

Burn patients exhibit an acquired hypercoagulable state with increased risk of venous thromboembolism. Currently, no randomized control study assessing the efficacy of chemical venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in burn patients has been performed. We present a case of a morbidly (body mass index > 54 kg/m2) obese patient with 18% total body surface area (TBSA) burn who developed a VTE and a non-fatal submassive pulmonary embolus (PE). We will be reviewing the current consensus of venous thrombosis prophylaxis in burn patients and briefly discuss the treatment of PE in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e4-e7
JournalBurns
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

Keywords

  • Acquired hypercoagulopathy
  • Blood clot
  • Burn wounds
  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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