Acta Haematol. 2020 Dec 14:1-8. doi: 10.1159/000511426. Online ahead of print.
The BCR-ABL-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) are associated with high incidence of venous thrombosis and a significant rate of recurrent events, but there is no consensus regarding their management. In this retrospective study, we analyzed 96 patients with MPN-related venous thrombosis. The index venous thrombosis occurred at a median age of 58 years (IQR 37-71), with 58% of the events involving unusual sites. Patients who were on antiplatelet agents at the time of index thrombosis tended to be older than patients who were not receiving antiplatelets at the time of index thrombosis. The majority of index thromboses occurring after the diagnosis of MPN had uncontrolled blood counts at the time of event and were not receiving antithrombotic agents. Following the thrombotic episode, 75% of patients received long-term anticoagulation. At a median follow-up of 3.4 years, the recurrence rate was 14%. Thrombophilia was significantly more prevalent among patients with recurrent thrombosis compared to patients without recurrence (p < 0.01). Patients who developed a recurrent event early were more likely to have thrombophilia (either inherited or antiphospholipid antibodies), and controlled blood counts, and were likely to receive anticoagulation at the time of recurrence compared to patients with later recurrences. Thrombophilia may contribute to venous thrombosis recurrence, especially early after the index venous thrombosis. Suboptimal anticoagulation and blood count control are factors associated with late venous thrombosis recurrence.