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Routine venous thromboembolism screening after pneumonectomy: The more you look, the more you see

Saturday, June 11, 2016

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Source Name: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


Siva Raja, Jay J. Idrees, Eugene H. Blackstone, Jiayan He, Anish Badjatiya, Peter Mazzone, David P. Mason, Thomas W. Rice, Daniel P. Raymond, Sudish C. Murthy

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.



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