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Article
August 1986

Subcutaneous Heparin and Postoperative Wound HematomasA Prospective, Double-blind, Randomized Study

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Bronovo Hospital, The Hague.

Arch Surg. 1986;121(8):937-940. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400080083015
Abstract

• A prospective, double-blind, controlled study was conducted to assess the incidence of postoperative wound hematomas associated with low-dose subcutaneous heparin therapy among patients undergoing surgery for a single inguinal hernia. The groups were well matched. The results indicate that low-dose heparin therapy is associated with more wound hematomas. Complications of low-dose heparin therapy and new ways to avoid these complications are discussed. The indications for the prophylactic administration of low-dose heparin therapy need careful assessment.

(Arch Surg 1986;121:937-940)

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