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J Foot Ankle Surg. 2012 Jul-Aug;51(4):457-63. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2012.04.016. Epub 2012 May 24.

Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism after surgical treatment of ankle fractures: a case report and review of literature.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Science Center at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79912, USA.


Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are major complications that can occur after ankle injuries. We present the case of a patient with an ankle fracture who developed deep vein thrombosis and massive pulmonary embolism after surgical treatment of the ankle fracture. A review of the published data on this topic is presented. The treating physician should assess patients with ankle fracture for their risk of developing a venous thromboembolic event on an individual basis and provide thromboprophylaxis for those with an increased risk of developing such complications.

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