I was recently in the hospital with blood clots. I read today that people with autoimmune diseases are more open to blood clots. Is this true?
Unfortunately, we are 16x's likely to get blood clots. Please Google, 8 Common Complications of Crohn’s Disease. This is a recently published article. I would place the url here, but this forum doesn't allow urls.I was recently in the hospital with blood clots. I read today that people with autoimmune diseases are more open to blood clots. Is this true?
IBD has been known to predispose sufferers to blood clots (thromboembolism) for some time. Clots in the leg veins have a mortality rate of six per cent, rising to as much as 20 per cent if the embolism is in the lungs. Previous research has suggested that most patients who develop thromboembolism do so when their IBD is 'active', i.e. has flared up and they are three times more likely to have a blood clot than non-sufferers. This has led to the use of anti-clotting drugs as standard care for patients with active IBD who are admitted to hospital.
The new research at Nottingham was undertaken to find out what the blood-clotting risk is to patients with IBD who manage their flare-ups outside the hospital environment, with medical care from primary care sources like their GP. The team used the UK General Practice Research Database from November 1987 to July 2001 to compare patients with IBD with controls without the disease. They concluded that non-hospitalised sufferers with active IBD were 16 times more likely to develop a blood clot than the general population.