Hip and knee OA linked with raised VTE risk: study

The novel finding from UK primary care suggests a need for a high index of suspicion in patients with the disease

Patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) are at increased risk of both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism compared with peers who have no osteoarthritis, a study shows.

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Researchers analysed UK data from a large primary care database including more than 10,000 people with incident hip OA, nearly 21,000 cases of incident knee OA and more than 6000 people with incident hand OA between 2000 and 2017.

The team, led by researchers from Changsha, China, and Boston, US, compared the rates of VTE in these groups with matched groups of patients in the