Advanced Practice Nursing Issues

Venous Thromboembolism and Gliomas: The Need for Increased Vigilance

Judy Lima

venous thrombosis, brain neoplasms, tumor markers/biological
CJON 2011, 15(6), 687-690. DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.687-690

Brain tumors, particularly malignant gliomas, have a high incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE), but current guidelines do not support primary VTE prophylaxis for ambulatory patients with brain tumors. The often subtle presentation of VTE warrants increased vigilance for early diagnosis and treatment. This article presents a case study of a patient with VTE and offers suggestions for future research.

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