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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
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Frequency: Bi-Monthly

ISSN 0026-4725

Online ISSN 1827-1618


Minerva Cardioangiologica 1999 July-August;47(7-8):255-60


Venous thromboembolism and renal cell carcinoma

Valente M., Ponte E.

There is a vast amount of literature documenting the relationship between cancer and venous thromboembolism. Nevertheless, many aspects of this association remain obscure and the best approach to be taken towards a patient with apparently idiopathic venous thromboembolism has yet to be defined. We present a case of a patient with venous thromboembolism in whom abdominal ultrasonography, prescribed as a cautionary measure to rule out the presence of a tumour, revealed liver metastases, while the subsequent CAT scan showed hepatic angiomatosis and two small bilateral renal carcinomas. Although there are as yet no indications in the literature on screening patients with idiopathic venous thromboembolism for occult tumours, our case shows how the clinical decision to perform abdominal ultrasonography saved the patient's life.

language: English, Italian


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