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    Pulmonary embolism is the most feared complication of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and the third leading cause of cardiovascular mortality in the world, after acute myocardial infarction and stroke. The risk of VTE is virtually universal in hospitalized patients, especially those with reduced mobility. Although variable in incidence between clinical and surgical patients, up to 66.6% of events related to hospitalizations can occur after discharge, with this risk remaining for up to 90 days. Despite all the investment made in VTE prophylaxis in recent decades, there is still no consensus or specific guidelines for its prevention in patients undergoing conventional surgery for varicose veins of lower limbs. The adoption of a validated risk assessment model for VTE prophylaxis, based on the current literature, may help in the implementation and standardization of VTE prophylaxis in conventional lower limb varicose vein surgery, in addition to this benefit, it may lead to a reduction in the length of hospital stay and the number of readmissions.


    Marcos Arêas Marques, Stênio Karlos Alvim Fiorelli, Bernardo Cunha Senra Barros, Alcides José Araújo Ribeiro, Arno VON Ristow, Rossano Kepler Alvim Fiorelli. Protocol for prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism in varicose vein surgery of the lower limbs. Revista do Colegio Brasileiro de Cirurgioes. 2022;49:e20223326

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    PMID: 36000685

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