Venous thromboembolism in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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Venous thromboembolism in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Thromb Res. 2015 May 20;

Authors: Šimkovič M, Vodárek P, Motyčková M, Belada D, Vrbacký F, Žák P, Smolej L

INTRODUCTION: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients (pts) with malignant tumors. Increased risk of VTE is well described in a variety of hematologic malignancies; however, data regarding VTE in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is very limited.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed clinical and laboratory data of 346 consecutive pts with CLL followed up at 4th Department of Internal Medicine - Hematology, University Hospital, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, diagnosed between 1999 and 2011 (males, 64%; median age, 64years; low/intermediate/high Rai modified risk in 41/47/12%).
RESULTS: After a median follow-up of 72months (range, 26-138), at least one episode of VTE occurred in 38 patients (11%). VTE developed after a median of 34months from CLL diagnosis. Incidence of VTE was 1.67% per patient year of follow-up. There was a high proportion of unfavourable prognostic factors (advanced Rai stages, unmutated IgVH genes, unfavourable cytogenetics) in pts with VTE. The presence of 0/1/2/3 additional risk factors for VTE was identified in 2/16/14/6 patients. The most common risk factors for VTE besides age (n=24) were corticosteroid therapy (n=13), other malignancies (n=9) and obesity (n=7). Recurrence of VTE was diagnosed in 7 pts. Performance status≥2 and inherited thrombophilia were significant risk factors for VTE development in univariate and multivariate analysis. VTE was not associated with shorter overall survival.
CONCLUSION: Based on our results, VTE is a relatively frequent complication in patients with CLL. Although most patients had other known risk factors for VTE including CLL treatment, 29% had no risk factors or only age≥60years. These findings demonstrate the possible role of CLL in the development of VTE.

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