AUA 2011 - Prospective evaluation of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus in patients undergoing radical cystectomy - Session Highlights

WASHINGTON, DC USA ( - Development of a deep vein thrombosis after radical cystectomy is a life-threatening complication.

These authors screened 133 consecutive radical cystectomy patients with bilateral lower extremity Duplex ultrasound for the presence of DVT on post-operative day 2 or 3, regardless of symptoms. They found 10% had asymptomatic DVTs. Surprisingly, only one patient developed a symptomatic DVT, but 6 patients developed a pulmonary embolus despite a negative DVT scan suggesting the clot came from the pelvic vessels. These patients only received sequential compression stockings.

They recommend low-dose heparin in conjunction with sequential compression stockings for all patients undergoing radical cystectomy.



Presented by Heidi Penn, et al. at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting - May 14 - 19, 2011 - Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC USA

Reported for UroToday by David P. Wood Jr., MD, Professor, Department of Urology, University of Michigan Health System.


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