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The radiology of the complications of warfarin therapy - a pictorial review

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Abstract

Summary

This article aims to teach about the complications of warfarin therapy through radiological imaging and highlight the importance of radiology in diagnosing challenging cases.

Relevance

Warfarin is the most widely used anticoagulant worldwide and is vital in the treatment of many conditions. However, the use of warfarin increases one’s risk of bleeding which can have potentially fatal consequences. It is vital that the complications of warfarin use are considered as part of the differential diagnosis when a patient presents with unexplained symptoms, as quickly diagnosing an acute bleed will improve outcomes.

Take Home Messages

Complications of warfarin therapy can present in a variety of ways, not always associated with trauma, with potentially dangerous consequences. Radiological investigations are one of the best ways to confirm the diagnosis and so should always be considered to aid diagnosis and treatment.

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WarfarinRadiologyImagingAnti-coagulationBleeding
  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 51-56
  • DOI: 10.18573/bsdj.33
  • Published on 31 Jan 2019
  • Peer Reviewed