Ugeskr Læger 2015;177:V12140760
Detection of occult cancer in patients with idiopathic venous thrombosis
Idiopathic venous thrombosis (VTE) is frequently associated with underlying malignancy. Thus, it is tempting to search for underlying cancer in these patients. However, extensive screening is cost-intensive and no survival benefit has been demonstrated. Based on a review of the literature, we recommend the performance of a thorough medical history and physical examination in addition to basic biochemical screening and a chest X-ray in patients with idiopathic VTE. Only specific symptoms or findings should lead to a more extensive work-up.