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Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis in a Patient With Delirium Tremens

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2008;10(1):76-77 [letter]

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Sir: Venous thromboembolism, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients. Although the incidence in psychiatric inpatients has not been well studied, hospitalized patients in a psychiatric ward commonly have several risk factors for deep vein thromboembolism such as increased body weight, dehydration, prolonged hospitalization, use of antipsychotics, and immobilization due to sedative administration or mechanical restraints.1