More cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Local data on the prevalence of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in Singapore has shown the condition is on an increasing trend.
DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body.
Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital's anti-coagulation service has seen an increased number of patients with DVT over the past three years.
There were 167 patients in 2011 compared to 125 patients in 2009.
While data from Singapore General Hospital shows a significant rise in the number of DVT cases diagnosed and treated from 1990 to 2003.
In 2002-2003, there were 109,217 total patient admissions, of which 495 had acute DVT.
This is compared to 1989-1990, where there were 48,864 admissions, of which 39 had acute DVT.
Singapore General Hospital's Dr Ng Heng Jo says the rise in the number of DVT cases may be due to an ageing population and greater awareness among clinicians on the risks of DVT.
This data was presented at the launch of a new drug for the treatment of DVT and the prevention of a recurrence of the condition.
Unlike current treatment approches to DVT, the oral drug does not require injections or infusions.
This could potentially free up hospital bed space by shifting treatment to an outpatient basis.
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