A critical analysis of low molecular weight heparin use during pregnancy in a tertiary referral centre

KUTUK M. S., Terzioglu A., ÖZGÜN M. T., ULUDAĞ S. Z., DOLANBAY M., TAŞ M. O.

JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, vol.34, no.2, pp.131-134, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier


The aim of this study was to analyse low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) use during pregnancy in terms of patient evaluation, treatment indication and social and financial costs. This was a retrospective analysis of patients using LMWH in their pregnancies. A total of 147 women were included in the study. The most common indications were thrombophilia (55/147, 37.4%); recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL); (47/147, 32.0%) and previous single pregnancy loss (18/147, 12.2%). In the RPL group, 53.1% of patients were not evaluated with standard tests; 31.9% of women were incompletely evaluated and 15% were properly evaluated. Out of 104 women screened for thrombophilia, 32 (32/104, 30.8%) were tested during pregnancy. Despite published guidelines and increasing scientific evidence against their use in some indications, LMWHs are prescribed widely during pregnancy for a variety of indications. Public and healthcare providers' education to change this attitude should be implemented.