This triad provides a framework for thinking about the development of thrombosis.
Virchow's triad comprises:
- damage to the venous wall e.g. inflammation, trauma, pelvic surgery, central lines
- a change in flow e.g. immobility, local pressure, varicose veins, shock, congestive heart failure, venous obstruction, hydration, hypovolaemia
- blood hypercoagulability
Last reviewed 01/2018