What is it about?
Cancer associated thrombosis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Research and guidelines have focused on venous thromboembolic events (VTE). Within the past decade, combination lenalidomide and dexamethasone has become a standard of therapy for multiple myeloma and is now widely used. In these patients, the risk of arterial thromboembolic events (ATE) has not been addressed to the same extent as VTE.
Why is it important?
Areas discussed: Presented is a targeted review of published data on ATE in MM patients on combination lenalidomide/dexamethasone therapy. Incidence, clinical presentations, prognosis, mechanisms and thromboprophylaxis are discussed. A framework for approaching ATE/VTE in these patients is suggested.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Satish S Maharaj and KARAN SEEGOBIN
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