Deep Venous Thrombosis in COVID-19 Patients: A Cohort Analysis

Chuanqi Cai, Yi Guo, Yun You, Ke Hu, Fei Cai, Mingxing Xie, Lu Yang, Ken Ling, Dawei Ye, Sanjay Misra, Weici Wang, Yiqing Li

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Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a severe complication of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The purpose of this study was to study the prevalence, risk factors, anticoagulant therapy and sex differences of DVT in patients with COVID-19. The enrolled 121 hospitalized non-ventilator patients were confirmed positive for COVID-19. All suspected patients received color Doppler ultrasound (US) to screen for DVT in both lower extremities. Multivariate logistic regression was performed to identify risk factors related to DVT in COVID-19 patients. DVT was found in 48% of the asymptomatic COVID-19 patients with an increased PADUA or Caprini index using US scanning. The multivariate logistic regression determined that age (OR, 1.05; p =.0306), C-reactive protein (CRP) (OR, 1.02; p =.0040), and baseline D-dimer (OR, 1.42; p =.0010) were risk factors among COVID-19 patients. Although the most common DVT location was infrapopliteal (classes I and II), higher mortality in DVT-COVID-19 patients was confirmed. DVT-COVID-19 patients presented significant increases in CRP, neutrophil count, and D-dimer throughout the whole inpatient period compared to non-DVT-COVID-19 patients. Although anticoagulation therapy accelerated the recovery of lymphocytopenia in DVT patients, men DVT-COVID-19 patients with anticoagulant therapy showed significant higher CRP and neutrophil count vs. lymphocyte count (N/L) ratio, but showed lower lymphocyte counts compared to women DVT-COVID-19 patients. DVT is common in COVID-19 patients with high-risk factors, especially for older age and higher CRP and baseline D-dimer populations. It is important to consider sex differences in anticoagulant therapy among DVT-COVID-19 patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • anticoagulant
  • deep venous thrombosis
  • sex difference


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