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Sleeping in cars caused blood clots

Posted - Nov. 15, 2004 at 10:20 a.m.



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NIIGATA, Japan, Nov 15, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Japanese doctors have revealed that 30 percent of people who slept in their cars following last month's earthquake developed blood clots.

At a meeting of the Japanese Society of Pulmonary Embolism Research held Saturday, Niigata University Prof. Kazuhiko Hanzawa reported that ultrasound tests of 69 people who had slept in their cars revealed that 21 had blood clots in their calves, theYomiuri Shimbun reported.

One patient was diagnosed with a blocked lung blood vessel, while two had a blood clot in the deep vein system of the lower leg, or economy class syndrome. These three reportedly had stayed in their cars for more than a week.

According to the Niigata prefectural government, 11 people who stayed in their cars after the quake developed lung embolisms, and four died.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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