Prophylaxis with enoxaparin for prevention of venous thromboembolism after lung transplantation: a retrospective study

Berta Sáez-Giménez, Cristina Berastegui, Helena Sintes, Javier Perez-Miranda, Ana Figueredo, Manuel López Meseguer, Víctor Monforte, Carlos Bravo, Amparo Santamaría, Maria Antonia Ramon, Susana Gómez-Ollés, Antonio Roman

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© 2017 Steunstichting ESOT Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a frequent complication after solid organ transplantation (SOT) and, specifically, after lung transplantation (LT). The objectives of this study were to evaluate prophylaxis with enoxaparin and to describe risk factors for VTE after LT. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 333 patients who underwent LT in our institution between 2009 and 2014. We compared two consecutive cohorts: one that received enoxaparin only during post-transplant hospital admissions and a second cohort that received 90-day extended prophylaxis with enoxaparin. Cumulative incidence function for competing risk analysis was used to determine incidence of VTE during the first year after transplantation. Risk factors were analyzed using a Cox proportional hazards regression model. The cumulative incidence of VTE was 15.3% (95% CI: 11.6–19.4). Median time from transplant to the event was 40 (p25–p75, 14–112) days. Ninety-day extended prophylaxis did not reduce the incidence of VTE. In this study, the risk factors associated with VTE were male gender and interstitial lung disease. VTE is a major complication after LT, and 90-day extended prophylaxis was not able to prevent it. Large, multicenter, randomized clinical trials should be performed to define the best strategy for preventing VTE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1274
JournalTransplant International
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • lung transplantation
  • venous thromboembolism


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