CT scan not necessary to diagnose cancer in patients with unexplained blood clots
the ONA take:
According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have found that a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis does not improve cancer detection in people with unexplained deep vein thromboemboli and pulmonary emboli.
For the study, researchers enrolled 854 patients with unexplained blots in the legs, lungs, or both. Patients were randomly assigned to receive basic cancer screening with or without a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis.
Basic cancer screening involved laboratory blood tests, a chest x-ray, and if applicable, a breast exam, prostate exam, or pap smear.
Results showed there was no difference in the incidence of new cancers between the two groups. Researchers found that about 4% of each group was diagnosed with cancer within the next year.
The study also demonstrated no difference in the number of cancer-related deaths between the two treatment arms.
The findings are expected to ultimately improve patient care and lower screening costs globally.
CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis does not improve cancer detection in people with unexplained deep vein thromboemboli.
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