Routine CT Scans for Occult Malignancy Not Useful in Patients with Unprovoked VTE
Am Fam Physician. 2016 Jan 1;93(1):59a-60.
Is routine computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis helpful in patients with an initial unprovoked episode of venous thromboembolism (VTE)?
There is no advantage to adding CT of the abdomen and pelvis to a basic screening protocol for occult malignancy in patients with unprovoked VTE. (Level of Evidence = 1b)
Patients with an unprovoked episode of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) are at increased risk of occult malignancy. However, the best approach to evaluate patients for cancer is unclear. In this trial, adults with a first diagnosis of an episode of DVT or PE at
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