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Br J Cancer. 2004 Jul 5;91(1):92-5.

Excess risk of cancer in patients with primary venous thromboembolism: a national, population-based cohort study.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh-Little France, 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SA, Scotland, UK.


We conducted a nationwide, retrospective cohort study assessing the risk of cancer in VTE patients diagnosed in Scotland in 1982-2000. Significantly elevated risks of cancer were sustained for 2 years after VTE diagnosis, most notably for ovarian tumours and lymphomas. Younger patients were at an increased relative risk from this association.

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