Long Surgery Duration Raises Risk of Venous Thromboembolism

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Longer surgeries increase the risk of developing venous thromboembolism.

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.

VTEs are a serious medical condition. Doctors often use VTE to describe two conditions occurring simultaneously: deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

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