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Correspondence on ‘Risk of venous thromboembolism in knee, hip and hand osteoarthritis: a general population-based cohort study’
  1. Tsung-Kun Lin1,2,
  2. Lung-Fa Pan3,4,
  3. Gwo-Ping Jong5,6
  1. 1 Department of Pharmacy, Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital, Lungtan, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  2. 2 School of Pharmacy, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  3. 3 Graduate Institute of Radiological Science, Central Taiwan University of Sciences and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan
  4. 4 Department of Cardiology, Taichung Armed Forces General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
  5. 5 Department of Internal Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
  6. 6 Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gwo-Ping Jong, Department of Internal Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung 40201, Taiwan; cgp8009{at}

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We found the article by Zeng et al extremely interesting.1 They reported that knee or hip osteoarthritis (OA), but not hand OA, was associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). This population-based cohort study used datasets from the Health Improvement Network, from January 2000 to December 2017, to compare the incidence of VTE between joint and non-joint replacements in OA patients and non-OA controls using matching methods by age, sex, entry time and body mass index. The author concluded that OA was associated with an increased risk for VTE in knee or hip OA patients, which was partially mediated through knee or hip replacement. Although the findings of this study may be significant for clinicians, some issues remain unaddressed in …

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  • T-KL and L-FP contributed equally.

  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it published first. The provenance and peer review statement has been included.

  • Contributors All authors reviewed the draft and approved the submission of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

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