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May 25, 1963

Use of Anticoagulants During Pregnancy

Author Affiliations

Oyster Bay, N.Y.

JAMA. 1963;184(8):664. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700210098023

To the Editor:  —Dr. Irving S. Wright's comments (JAMA183:186 [Jan 19] 1963) about the treatment of thrombophlebitis include the suggestion that pregnant patients with this condition are particularly prone to developing pulmonary embolism, and should be treated with anticoagulants. With this I agree wholeheartedly,1 but I wonder about the discontinuation of anticoagulants before delivery. We did not encounter undue bleeding despite the maintenance of therapeutic levels of anticoagulants.I would appreciate Dr. Wright's comments concerning the rapid cessation of anticoagulants for the gravid patient and the wisdom of maintaining therapy into the postpartum period.