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An assessment of the management of patients on warfarin by general dental practitioners in South West Wales.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14631427     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
For anticoagulation therapy, warfarin is used to reduce the risk of thrombo-embolic events in patients with mechanical prosthetic heart valves, certain cardiovascular conditions, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and hypercoagulable states.(1). The International Normalised Ratio (INR) is used as a measure of anticoagulation and is expressed as a ratio of the patient's prothrombin time (PT) to control prothrombin time. In a person with a normal PT, the INR is approximately 1. The therapeutic range is the value of INR or degree of anticoagulation required to prevent the development of serious thrombo-embolism and is normally maintained between 2.0 and 4.5. It is important to recognize that the INR is only valid for patients on well controlled anticoagulant therapy, ie where the level of anticoagulation is reasonably stable over a moderate length of time.(2).
A Muthukrishnan; K Bishop
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British dental journal     Volume:  195     ISSN:  0007-0610     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Dent J     Publication Date:  2003 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-21     Completed Date:  2004-02-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513219     Medline TA:  Br Dent J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  567-70     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Morriston Hospital, Swansea SA6 6NL.
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MeSH Terms
Anticoagulants / therapeutic use*
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Community Dentistry
Dental Care for Chronically Ill*
Dental Scaling
Dental Service, Hospital
General Practice, Dental
International Normalized Ratio
Nerve Block
Oral Hemorrhage / prevention & control
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Prothrombin Time
Risk Factors
Subgingival Curettage
Thromboembolism / prevention & control
Warfarin / therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anticoagulants; 81-81-2/Warfarin

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