eThrombosis: the 21st century variant of venous thromboembolism associated with immobility

Eur Respir J. 2003 Feb;21(2):374-6. doi: 10.1183/09031936.03.00039403.


The association between immobility with prolonged sitting and venous thromboembolism has been recognised for > 60 yrs, most recently with long distance air travel. The case of a 32-yr-old male, in whom immobility associated with sitting for long periods at a computer represented the major provoking risk factor for his life-threatening venous thromboembolism, is presented. The authors propose the term "eThrombosis" to describe this 21st Century variant of venous thromboembolism associated with immobility from prolonged sitting. In view of the widespread use of computers in relation to work, recreation and personal communication, the potential burden of eThrombosis may be considerable.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Computers
  • Humans
  • Immobilization / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Thromboembolism / diagnostic imaging
  • Thromboembolism / etiology*
  • Time Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Venous Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Venous Thrombosis / etiology*