Dutch study finds that left-sided DVTs of pregnancy continue into postpartum period

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According to a study presented at ISTH, the left-sided predominance of the deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that appears during pregnancy continues into the postpartum  period, still much more common than in non-pregnant women. These findings suggest that some DVTs observed during the postpartum period have developed already before childbirth. The new information may allow the clinician to determine whether postpartum DVTs result mainly from a thrombus that developed during pregnancy (mechanical cause) or from other causes such as a hypercoagulable state or vascular damage during childbirth. 

Thus investigators at Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands, designed a study to determine the left-right distribution of DVT in women up to six weeks postpartu...