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05 Nov 2006

Pulmonary Embolism
Hi - I am a 50 year-old woman who had PE two years ago as a result of abdominal surgery. I have been advised that when I travel for more than a 3-hour flight, I have to inject myself with Clexane. I understand that there are new special DVT stockings (knee-high) that have been invented in Australia. If I were to wear them, would I still need to inject myself with the same dosage and strength of the Clexane? I am no longer on Warfarin. If I used the DVT stockings as well as taking aspirin, would this be sufficient and if so, what dose of aspirin and for how long before / after a flight should I take it? Thank-you.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Auge,

Clexane is accepted as the best preventative for this type of travel. You will have to consult your previous surgeon, or contact a travel doctor ( I think Netcare has this service) The average patient may need a single dose of 40mg administered a few houres before the flight, but this varies, so please consult your doctor.

Wearing the special anti-embolism stockings AS WELL as using the clexane is a good idea in your case, with your history of PE. Aspirin will not be of much use, as is works in a different way, but what will help it consume plenty of liquids during the flight and KEEP MOVING AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

Enjoy your trip.

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