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Prevention of Postoperative Deep Vein Thrombosis in Patients with Malignant Disease

Br Med J 1974; 1 doi: (Published 02 March 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;1:358
  1. V. C. Roberts,
  2. L. T. Cotton


    We have used the 125I-fibrinogen test to asses the value of an improved method of peroperative intermittent calf compression as a prophylactic measure against postoperative thrombosis. In a group of 99 patients over the age of 40 undergoing operations lasting more than 30 minutes the technique reduced the incidence of postoperative thrombosis by over 75%. In patients suffering from malignant disease, who are generally considered to be in the very high risk category, the reduction achieved was almost 90%.