Venous thromboembolism after brain tumor surgery: A retrospective review

Academic Article


  • 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.
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  • Neurosurgery  Journal
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    Author List

  • Levi ADO; Wallace C; Bernstein M; Walters BC
  • Start Page

  • 859
  • End Page

  • 863
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 6