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Coumadin necrosis of the skin: report of four patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8883735     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Necrosis of skin and soft tissue as a complication of oral anticoagulation therapy is a rare condition with approximately 200 cases documented in the world. Coumadin-induced skin necrosis is a painful skin lesion, sudden, localized, initially erythematous or hemorrhagic, that becomes bullous and eventually culminates in gangrenous necrosis. It develops mainly in women around 50 years of age who are usually obese and have been treated for thrombophlebitis or pulmonary embolism. There seems to be a marked predilection for areas with increased subcutaneous fat content, such as breasts, thighs, and buttocks. The injury is so significant that plastic surgery is frequently required to repair the damaged tissue. The authors present four clinical cases of Coumadin necrosis, observed in two different institutions, and perform a literature review on the mechanisms that trigger the development of the disease. This condition still remains a diagnostic-therapeutic challenge.
Y Miura; M Ardenghy; S Ramasastry; R Kovach; J Hochberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of plastic surgery     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0148-7043     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Plast Surg     Publication Date:  1996 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-29     Completed Date:  1997-01-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805336     Medline TA:  Ann Plast Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  332-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Section of Plastic Surgery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anticoagulants / adverse effects*,  therapeutic use
Kidney Failure / drug therapy
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Embolism / drug therapy
Skin / pathology*
Thrombophlebitis / drug therapy
Warfarin / adverse effects*,  therapeutic use
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anticoagulants; 81-81-2/Warfarin

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