Incidence of post-operative deep vein thrombosis in gynaecological oncology

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1983 Nov;23(4):216-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828x.1983.tb00581.x.


Using 125I-fibrinogen scanning the incidence of post-operative DVT amongst patients with gynaecological malignancy was shown to be 37.9% which is substantially higher than the 10% to 15% expected in a general gynaecological population. Twenty per cent of the total group studied had isotopic evidence of bilateral venous thrombosis post-operatively. The inaccuracy of clinical diagnosis was demonstrated, and also the need to investigate both limbs if thrombosis was suspected. The incidence of post-operative DVT was found to be significantly lower in smokers (11.5%) compared with non-smokers (68.4%) (p less than 0.00025).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fibrinogen
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy
  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • Leg / blood supply
  • Lymph Node Excision
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Smoking
  • Thrombophlebitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Thrombophlebitis / etiology*
  • Time Factors
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / surgery
  • Uterine Neoplasms / surgery*


  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • Fibrinogen