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Spine Surgeons Beware of Heparin


Background: It stands to reason that anticoagulants should reduce the number of venous thromboembolisms (VTE) after elective spine surgery. Yet there is no definite data to support this assumption. Objective: To determine if pharmacologic prophylaxis decreases the incidence of VTE during the first 30 days following a spinal surgery. Design: Retrospective cohort study from 2 databases: the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) from 2005 to 2014, and the other from Ya more...
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