eThrombosis: The 21st Century variant of venous thromboembolism associated with immobility

Richard Beasley*, N. Raymond, S. Hill, M. Nowitz, R. Hughes

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Abstract

The association between immobility with prolonged sitting and venous thromboembolism has been recognised for >60 yrs, most recently with long distance air travel. The case of a 32-yr-old male, in whom immobility associated with sitting for long periods at a computer represented the major provoking risk factor for his life-threatening venous thromboembolism, is presented. The authors propose the term "eThrombosis" to describe this 21st Century variant of venous thromboembolism associated with immobility from prolonged sitting. In view of the widespread use of computers in relation to work, recreation and personal communication, the potential burden of eThrombosis may be considerable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-376
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2003

Keywords

  • deep vein thrombosis
  • eThrombosis
  • immobility
  • pulmonary embolism
  • venous thromboembolism

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