Thrombosis risks highlighted
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.”
Anella Tollis and her daughter Milana (4 months) with Professor Ross Baker.