Deep venous thrombosis in elderly hospitalized patients: Prevalence and clinical features

Maria Grazia Longo, Antonio Greco, Michele Pacilli, Luigi Piero D'Ambrosio, Carlo Scarcelli, Elvira Grandone, Raffaele Fanelli, Giovanni Di Minno, Alberto Pilotto

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Background and aims: It is not known whether old age influences the clinical outcome of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in patients admitted to acute internal medicine wards. This study aimed at evaluating the effect of age on the prevalence and clinical features of DVT in patients admitted to acute medical wards in a general hospital. Methods: All patients with a discharge diagnosis of DVT during a 4-year period from 1999 to 2002 were identified. Age, gender, main and secondary diagnoses, diagnostic procedures, and length of stay (LOS) were recorded. The severity index was calculated by the All Patients Refined-Diagnostic Related Groups (APR-DRG) grouper and graded as mild, moderate, severe or extreme. Results: 310 patients with DVT were identified: 163 males and 147 females. Mean age was 62±16 years, with a range of 17-94 years. 174 patients (56%) were over 65 years old (mean age= 74.2±6.2, range 65-94 years) and 136 (44%) were young or adults (mean age= 48.3±12.9, range 17-64 years). The overall prevalence of DVT was 1.51%, with no differences between males and females (1.46 vs 1.56%, p=NS). In elderly subjects, the prevalence of DVT was significantly higher than in young or adult patients (1.7 vs 1.2%, P=0.005) and was more frequently associated with pulmonary embolism (12 vs 7%, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Elderly
  • Epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing

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