Pulmonary embolism in neurosurgical patients

P. Missori, P. Lunardi, M. Salvati, V. Esposito, P. Oppido

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We report the outcome of a retrospective study on the frequency of pulmonary embolism during the hospital stay in a series of 7250 neurosurgical patients. Of 4500 patients who underwent surgery 25 (0.55%) developed pulmonary embolism at some point after the operation while 5 of the 2750 patients not operated on (0.18%) developed a fatal pulmonary embolism. We analyze the general risk factors - age, sex, length of stay and paralysis of the limbs. Meningioma was the most frequent intracranial tumor to be affected by this complication. We discuss the connection between thromboembolism and meningioma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-173
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • meningioma
  • pulmonary embolism
  • thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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