VTE Risk Tripled in Systemic Sclerosis

Author: Nancy Walsh
Date Published: July-2015
Source: MedPage Today

Patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) have an overall threefold increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), with the highest risks being seen during the first year after diagnosis, a Canadian population-based study found. Compared with the non-SSc population, patients with the disease had hazard ratios of 3.47 (95% CI 2.14-5.64) for VTE, 3.73 (95% CI 1.98-7.04) for pulmonary embolism (PE), and 2.96 (95% CI 1.54-5.69) for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), after adjusting for all potentially confounding variables, according to J. Antonio Avina-Zubieta, MD, PhD, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and colleagues.