The week-old hip fracture: indication for prophylactic use of a vena cava filter? Report of two cases.

Occasional patients will present a week or more after sustaining a hip fracture. Though these patients are at high risk for asymptomatic deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, anticoagulation may be contraindicated prior to surgery. Two recent cases involving such a situation are reported. In the first, the patient sustained a fatal intraoperative… CONTINUE READING