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Routine venous thromboembolism screening after pneumonectomy: The more you look, the more you see
The authors summarize findings in a single institution retrospective review of patients undergoing pre-discharge VTE screening after pneumonectomy for NSCLC and compare outcomes to an historic series of patients who did not have screening. Rates of VTE in the screened group were 8.9% at discharge, an additional 3.4% within 30 days postop, and 5.4% >30 days postop. These rates were significantly higher than in the non-screened cohort. VTE was associated with decreased survival at 1 year.