Approach to the patient with venous thromboembolism: Treatment with thrombolytic agents

A. A. Sasahara*, C. C. St. Martin, J. Henkin, W. M. Barker

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Abstract

This article reviews the different thrombolytic agents currently available and the different mechanisms by which they activate the body's fibrinolytic system. The discussion is confined to the approach to the patient with venous thromboembolism using the different thrombolytic agents. Data are presented supporting the use of thrombolytic therapy and its long-term benefits, especially in patients with pulmonary embolism. A substantial portion of this article is devoted to practical considerations involved in the administration of thrombolytic therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1141-1159
Number of pages19
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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