Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is a risk factor for venous thromboembolism

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients. The literature is sparse on the incidence in the most common lymphoid malignancy, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). We calculated the incidence rates for VTE in an unselected UK CLL clinic population at 1.45% per patient year. This represents a tenfold increase over previously published estimates of incidence in the general population and a twofold increase over that of the local hospital inpatient population. In our cohort, the risk of VTE was related to stage C disease. Clinicians should be aware that CLL patients are at risk of VTE.

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1 comment:

kaney said...

It is estimated that 15% of adults suffer from some sort of venous disease. Vein disorders happen when when the valves that regulate blood flow weaken, allowing deoxygenated blood to flow backwards. This makes pressure build up in the bad veins, causing them to become slow and increasingly swollen and twisted. This article outlines some common types of venous diseases and the treatments available to help.