Published online Nov 18, 2014. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v5.i5.645
Revised: March 26, 2014
Accepted: May 28, 2014
Published online: November 18, 2014
Core tip: The purpose of this review is to quantify the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) undergoing major orthopedic surgery and to discuss the current management of VTE prophylaxis in RA patients undergoing major joint arthroplasty and establish whether these patients are at higher risk for VTE than the general population.