A European study has found an elevated risk of a life-threatening blood clot called venous thromboembolism (VTE) in COVID-19 patients who were not critically ill.
The blood clot risk had previously been associated with severe COVID-19, Reuters reports.
The researchers tracked 2,292 patients who came to hospital emergency rooms with mild or moderate COVID-19 but without VTE.
Four weeks later, VTE had developed in roughly 1 of every 200 mildly ill patients who had not been hospitalized and nearly 5 of every 200 moderately ill patients overall.
This is what the researchers reported on Friday in Thrombosis Research https://bit.ly/3v4YHUO.
They concluded that doctors caring for mildly and moderately ill COVID-19 patients need to be aware of these risks, “especially in patients with moderate COVID-19 requiring hospitalization.”