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Venous thromboembolism: deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in a neurosurgical population.

by Ahmad Khaldi, Naseem Helo, Michael J Schneck, Thomas C Origitano
Journal of neurosurgery ()

Abstract

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), a combination of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a major cause of morbidity and death in neurosurgical patients. This study evaluates 1) the risk of developing lower-extremity DVT following a neurosurgical procedure; 2) the timing of initiation of pharmacological DVT prophylaxis upon the occurrence of VTE; and 3) the relationship between DVT and PE as related to VTE prophylaxis in neurosurgical patients.

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