Neurocritical Care

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 249–250

Fatal pulmonary embolism despite an inferior vena cava filter in glioblastoma multiforme

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DOI: 10.1385/NCC:3:3:249

Cite this article as:
Cavaliere, R. & Schiff, D. Neurocrit Care (2005) 3: 249. doi:10.1385/NCC:3:3:249


Introduction: Patients with high-grade gliomas are at increased risk of pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Treatment of this complication remains uncertain and options include anticoagulation or venous filters.

Methods: We present a patient with a glioblastoma multiforme who developed a fatal pulmonary embolism in spite of an inferior vena cava filter.

Conclusion: In spite of the theoretical risk of intratumoral hemorrhage, anticoagulation may be more effective and associated with fewer complications than inferior vena cava filters.

Key Words

Inferior vena cava filter glioblastoma brain neoplasm venous thromboembolism pulmonary embolism deep venous thrombosis cancer 

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© Humana Press Inc 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyOhio State UniversityColumbus
  2. 2.Division of Neuro-Oncology, Department of NeurologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville

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