Navigation Links
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery
Date:7/15/2014

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most children who have spinal surgery don't require anti-clotting drugs because blood clots occur so rarely in these procedures, a new study says.

Instead of the risky and costly blood-thinning drugs, close monitoring after surgery is enough for most of these patients, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers.

Anti-clotting drugs should be considered only for young spinal surgery patients who are at increased risk for blood clots, the study authors said. These include those older than 18, kids with spinal curvatures present at birth, and those with spinal curvatures that are part of an overall condition and accompanied by other health problems that may interfere with normal blood clotting.

The researchers analyzed the outcomes of nearly 22,000 children across the United States who had spinal fusion surgery between 2001 and 2010. This is the most common type of spinal surgery in children and adults. It's most frequently used to treat spinal fracture and curvature of the spine, the study authors said.

Overall, blood clots occurred in 21 of every 10,000 surgeries and no patients died because of a blood clot. Certain subgroups of patients were at higher risk for blood clots than others. The findings were published online July 15 in the journal Spine.

Clotting risk in children is poorly understood, resulting in a lack of treatment guidelines, the researchers noted.

"Our findings should help clinicians weigh the pros and cons of pre-emptive treatment and focus on those who stand to benefit the most," senior investigator Dr. Paul Sponseller, chief of pediatric orthopedics, said in a Hopkins news release.

"Most children undergoing spine surgeries should be perfectly safe without medication. Treatment should be reserved for the handful of patients who have a real risk of developing dangerous clots," he said. "In these patients, the benefits of treatment far outweigh the risks."

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about spinal fusion.

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, July 15, 2014

--


'/>"/>
Copyright©2014 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Infection Might Raise Blood Clot Risk for Older Adults: Study
2. Normalizing tumor blood vessels improves delivery of only the smallest nanomedicines
3. Common Blood Pressure Drug Safe for Heart Failure: Study
4. Certain Birth Control Pills May Carry Higher Blood Clot Risk: FDA
5. High Blood Pressure May Be Especially Lethal for Blacks
6. Changes in gene expression may help explain high blood pressure in pregnancy
7. Researchers Develop Blood Test for Depression
8. Naturopathic care can improve blood sugar, mood in diabetes
9. Diabetes Groups Issue New Guidelines on Blood Sugar
10. Exercise May Help Patients With High Blood Pressure Live Longer
11. Additional blood pressure screening may reduce incidence of CVD events and death by up to 3 percent
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery 
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... OSF Ventures, the corporate ... largest start-up platform headquartered in Silicon Valley that connects startups to corporations and ... signed a three-year agreement to be a corporate sponsor of Plug and Play’s ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... from 140 Buzzies users who entered metrics into the product’s app. The ... The new data showed that within just 30 seconds of using Buzzies, people ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... A Northwestern Pennsylvania addiction treatment center unveiled ... Rehabilitation & Recovery Center’s new website can be found at AlpineSpringsRehab.com . ... and retooled website. The treatment center has also revamped its social media strategy, ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... DMG Productions is proud to announce the ... to broadcast Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 5:00pmEST. , This segment will educate ... the limitations of fatigue monitoring technologies within the mining industry. Today SmartCap is ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... OR (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2017 , ... Sharon ... to the air to educate listeners about the benefits of making new water infrastructure ... U.S.,” Kleyne said, “it’s appropriate that we expect water infrastructure to become a top ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/24/2017)... January 23, 2017 ArisGlobal, a ... sciences, announces agClinical 3.3, the latest version of its ... life science organizations to confidently and efficiently meet new ... manage the electronic trial master file so that compliance ... ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... , Jan. 23, 2017  Therabron Therapeutics, ... a new standard in respiratory care, today announced ... Orphan Medicinal Products has granted Orphan Drug Designation ... of Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS).  "We ... from the EMA to treat patients diagnosed with ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... , Jan. 23, 2017 MouthWatch LLC announced today ... was ranked as the best intraoral camera on DentalCompare,s list ... #2 spot overall. The #1 product was the CollaPlug ... MouthWatch intraoral camera was "…incredibly popular because it is by ... has a small sticker price, it doesn,t sacrifice quality imaging." ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: