Prophylaxis Against Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Morten Zebitz Steiness


Patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at significant risk of developing venous thromboembolic complications. The risk has been estimated to 20% in the absence of any prophylaxis (Knudson et al. 2004). Another review found an estimated risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) of 0.38% among patients with severe TBI (Page et al. 2004). Unfortunately, we only have publications supporting Level III evidence in this high risk population of trauma patients.


Traumatic Brain Injury Pulmonary Embolism Trauma Patient Central Venous Pressure Intracranial Bleeding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryAaalborg HospitalAalborgDenmark

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