Assessment of genetic and non-genetic risk factors for venous thromboembolism in glioblastoma - The predictive significance of B blood group

Thromb Res. 2019 Nov:183:136-142. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2019.10.009. Epub 2019 Oct 22.


Introduction: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common problem among patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and with some other cancers. Here, we evaluated genetic and non-genetic potential risk factors for VTE among GBM patients.

Materials and methods: A cohort of 139 patients treated with concomitant radiotherapy and temozolomide were included in the study. Next generation sequencing and genotyping approaches were applied to assess genetic risk factors in the haemostatic system. Clinical data including surgery, reoperation as well as blood group and patient information such as age and gender were available from patient records. Logistic regression analysis was performed to asses VTE risk.

Results: In the study 47 patients (34%) were diagnosed for VTE during the course of their disease. When genetic and non-genetic potential risk factors were evaluated, only B blood group was found to be significantly associated with VTE incidence (odds ratio [OR] = 6.91; confidence interval [CI] = 2.19-24.14; P = 0.001). In contrast, A and O blood groups did not correlate with VTE risk. Frontal lobe tumor location also seemed to slightly increase VTE risk compared to other brain sites (OR = 3.14; CI = 1.1-10.7) although the significance level was at borderline (P = 0.05). Current study identified B blood group as the component in non-O blood groups that is responsible for increased VTE risk.

Conclusion: In conclusion, these results suggest for the first time that B blood group is predictive for VTE incidence among patients with glioblastoma, information that may be potentially valuable when selecting GBM patients who are at risk for VTE for anticoagulant prophylaxis.

Keywords: ABO blood groups; Glioblastoma; Sequence analysis, DNA; Surgery; Tumor location; Venous thromboembolism.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Group Antigens / adverse effects*
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Glioblastoma / blood*
  • Glioblastoma / genetics*
  • Glioblastoma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Venous Thromboembolism / blood*
  • Venous Thromboembolism / genetics*
  • Venous Thromboembolism / pathology


  • Blood Group Antigens