Association of blood transfusion and venous thromboembolism after colorectal cancer resection
Thrombosis Research, 05/03/2012
Xenos ES et al. – 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.