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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 11, No. 1, 2004, pp. 75-80
Bioline Code: mj04009
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2004, pp. 75-80

 en The incidence of post-operative deep vein thrombosis in general surgical patients of Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia
Myint Tun, Ibrahim Lutfi Shuaib, Mahayidin Muhamad, Abdul Hamid Mat Sain and Anas Sjahroeddin Ressang


The incidence of deep vein thrombosis is believed to be rare in Asians. During recent years, a few reports have appeared with high incidence in orthopaedic patients comparable to Western studies. This study was carried out to find out the incidence of post-operative deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after major surgical procedures in general surgical patients in an Asian population. In a prospective study of 45 consecutive Asian patients after major general surgery, colour-flow duplex scan of the legs as an initial screening was done twice within two weeks. Mean age of the patients was 54 years 5 months and 87% of patients were included in the moderate and high risk group for deep vein thrombosis. Ascending venography was used to confirm deep vein thrombosis on patients with equivocal or positive results from colour flow duplex scan. One patient showed positive evidence of post-operative deep vein thrombosis on colour flow duplex scan which was further confirmed by ascending venography; giving an incidence of 2.2%. The incidence of post-operative deep vein thrombosis in general surgical patients is lower than the Western studies.

deep vein thrombosis, post-operative, Asians

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