Venous thromboembolism after brain tumor surgery: A retrospective review

A. D.O. Levi, C. Wallace, M. Bernstein, B. C. Walters

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Abstract

We retrospectively reviewed the incidence rate of clinical postoperative deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism in 1703 patients undergoing initial craniotomy for meningioma, glioma, or cerebral metastasis. The incidence rate of clinical thromboembolic complications was 1.59% for all tumor groups within the first 4 weeks of surgery. Patients undergoing surgery for meningiomas had a statistically significant increased risk of thromboembolism despite fewer overall perioperative risk factors, when compared with the other tumor groups. The tumor-specific incidence rates of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism for meningioma, glioma, and metastasis were 3.09%, 0.97%, and 1.03%, respectively. Whether this difference was a result of increased surgical time or an inherent property of meningiomas could not be ascertained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-863
Number of pages5
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Brain tumors
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Meningioma
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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