Lengthy surgery increases blood clot risk

December 4, 2014 8:02 AM

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Lengthy surgery increases blood clot risk

Dr. John Y. S. Kim, of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and colleagues examined the link between blood clots - also known as venous thromboembolisms (VTE) - and surgery duration for the study, published by JAMA Surgery.

According to the researchers, there is a widely accepted association between longer surgical procedures and death, as well as blood clots, but this association had yet to be assessed quantitatively using a sufficiently strong database.

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