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Venous thromboembolic events in systemic vasculitis
  1. Pavel Novikov,
  2. Egor Makarov,
  3. Sergey Moiseev,
  4. Alexey Meshkov,
  5. Leonid Strizhakov
  1. Clinic of Nephrology, Internal and Occupational Diseases, First Moscow State Medical University, Moscow, Russia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Sergey Moiseev, Clinic of Nephrology, Internal and Occupational Diseases, First Moscow State Medical University, Rossolimo, 11/5, Moscow 119934, Russia; clinpharm{at}mtu-net.ru

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In a population-base study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease, Aviña-Zubieta et al1 showed that there is almost 2.5-fold increase in risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) compared with that in the general population. Higher incidence of VTE is apparently not unique for GCA as a similar increase in risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism was recently found in a meta-analysis of studies in patients with different inflammatory rheumatic diseases.2

We detected only two cases of venous thrombosis (orbital and retinal veins) in our series of 76 patients with GCA, though at least two-thirds of them have been followed for 2 years. At the same time, there were 30 cases of …

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