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Prophylactic heparin in palliative care: …to a challenging idea

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:729
  1. John C Chambers, Macmillan consultant (
  1. Katharine House Hospice, Adderbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3NL

    EDITOR—Twenty eight (100%) hospice inpatients at least five days into thromboprophylaxis with low molecular weight heparin found it acceptable.1 The potential for lengthened life appeared the main reason for wanting prophylaxis and none knew any common symptoms of venous thromboembolism. All had irreversible deteriorations in performance status, and, as cancer itself is a risk for venous thromboembolism, …

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