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Thromboembolism incidence and prophylaxis use after gastrectomy among Korean patients with gastric adenocarcinoma. The PROTECTOR randomized clinical trial. JAMA Surg 2018; 153: 939-946.

Published: 9th April 2019

Authors: Jung YJ, Seo HS, Park CH, Jeon HM, Kim J-I, Yim HW et al.


The addition of low molecular weight heparin to intermittent pneumatic compression reduced the risk of venous thromboembolism from 3.6 to 0.6 per cent (P=0.008) in this study that included 682 procedures. It did, however, also increase the risk of bleeding complications: 9.1 versus 1.2 per cent, P<0.001.

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