Recommendations for Thrombopropylaxis in Obstetrics and Gynaecology-A SASOG Guideline

Elise Schapkaitz



Venous thrombo-embolism (VTE) is associated with considerable morbidity, mortality in the absence of thromboprophylaxis.


The Southern African Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis reviewed the available literature and comprehensive evidence-based guidelines on the prevention of VTE in obstetrics and gynaecology. A draft document was produced and revised by consensus agreement. The recommendations were adjudicated by an independent international expert to avoid local bias.

Results and conclusion

We present concise, practical thromboprophylaxis guidelines for the clinical management of patients in obstetrics and gynaecology. Recommendations reflect current best practice, which it is hoped will lead to improved anticoagulation practice in this group of patients.

Author's affiliations

Elise Schapkaitz, Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, National Health Laboratory Service and University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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Pregnancy, Thromboprophylaxis, Guidelines

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South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2018;24(1):27-31. DOI:10.7196/sajog.1312

Article History

Date submitted: 2018-01-22
Date published: 2018-05-17

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