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Dental Extraction Complications in Patients on Double Antiplatelet Therapy

An interesting article titled “Hemorrhagic Complications of Dental Extractions in 181 Patients Undergoing Double Antiplatelet Therapy” written by Olga Olmos-Carrasco and et al. appears in the 2015 Journal of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery (vol. 73, pp. 203-210). The study sought to explore if dental extractions can be done safely on patients with double antiplatelet therapy. Double antiplatelet therapy is the combination of 100 mg per day of acetylsalicylic acid and a second antiplatelet agent. This type of therapy is done to prevent blood cells from forming a clot in certain types of patients who have a history of coronary artery disease, or have had a heart attack or stroke. A total of 181 patients with a mean age of roughly 67 were included in the study.¬† Most of the patients (76.8%) were male. A total of 217 teeth were extracted in the study which was conducted in Madrid. During the course of extraction, a total of 165 patients¬† had light hemorrhage which lasted less than 30 minutes. In 15 patients (8.3%) the hemorrhage continued for more than 30 minutes. After 24 hours, 162 patients reported an absence of bleeding, while 15 patients (8.3%) had light hemorrhage, and 4 patients (2.2%) […]

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