A 52-year-old-male patient with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer and recurrent venous thromboembolism in unusual sites despite anticoagulation

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Abstract

The link between cancer and venous thromboembolism is well known, with an annual incidence rate of venous thromboembolism between 0.5% and 20% depending on the primary site and background risk factors. Current guidelines suggest treatment with low-molecular-weight heparin over oral vitamin K antagonists. However, data regarding the management of recurrent venous thromboembolism when the patient is under treatment with anticoagulants are sparse. In this article we present a patient with multiple thromboembolic events in unusual sites despite anticoagulant treatment and we discuss the management options.

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