Throm­bo­sis risks high­lighted

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

DE­SPITE a fear of nee­dles, Anella Tol­lis had more than 1000 in­jec­tions dur­ing her three preg­nan­cies.

The Mor­ley res­i­dent has throm­bo­sis, a con­di­tion she said did not af­fect her day-to-day life, but there were risks of blood clots dur­ing preg­nancy and air travel.

Ms Tol­lis (35), who is the third gen­er­a­tion in her fam­ily to have throm­bo­sis, said she had nee­dles ev­ery day dur­ing and af­ter preg­nancy to thin her blood.

“Even be­fore I was plan­ning a fam­ily, I thought I would be fine with­out hav­ing to have nee­dles and ev­ery sin­gle day I turned out to be wrong,” Ms Tol­lis said.

“I still can’t look at them – my hus­band did it and I would turn away, but I kept on re­mind­ing my­self, it’s for the baby.

“It’s the only way I can have a healthy fam­ily and it’s too risky if I don’t.

“For some peo­ple, it might be too late,” she said.

“They could lose a preg­nancy or a life or they could be stuck in a coun­try be­cause of a clot so you want to de­velop that aware­ness.”

Hol­ly­wood Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal se­nior haema­tol­o­gist and Perth Blood In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Ross Baker said a lack of pro­tein S was some­times as­so­ci­ated with mis­car­riages.

“Preg­nancy is quite a strong drive for clot­ting, but when that re­sponse is ex­ag­ger­ated there are con­cerns of throm­bo­sis,” Pro­fes­sor Baker said.

“Some­times, as in Anella’s case, it’s a known thing with a strong fam­ily history.”

Ahead of World Throm­bo­sis Day on Oc­to­ber 13, Pro­fes­sor Baker said signs to look out for were swelling in legs, un­ex­plained pain and un­ex­plained breath­less­ness, es­pe­cially in younger women who used oral con­tra­cep­tives or trav­elled.

“The good thing about aware­ness is peo­ple re­alise they have symp­toms of deep vein throm­bo­sis and see their doc­tors early, so we want to get that mes­sage out.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d443554

Anella Tol­lis and her daugh­ter Mi­lana (4 months) with Pro­fes­sor Ross Baker.

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