Association of blood transfusion and venous thromboembolism after colorectal cancer resection

Thrombosis Research, 05/04/2012

In this study of 21943 patients undergoing colorectal resection for cancer, blood transfusion is associated with increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Malignancy and surgery are known prothrombotic stimuli, the subset of patients receiving intraoperative Red blood cell transfusion are even more at risk for VTE, emphasizing the need for sensible use of transfusions and rigorous thromboprophylaxis regimens.

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