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Editor's Correspondence
February 23, 2004

Thrombosis Prophylaxis in Cancer Patients With a Central Venous Catheter—Reply

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Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2004

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(4):459-460. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.4.459-b

In reply

With their study, Laporte and colleagues address an important question with regard to the prevention of catheter-related thrombosis in patients with cancer.1 Until recently, only 2 prospective randomized controlled trials were available on this subject, and although both found a reduction in catheter-related thrombosis with the use of anticoagulants, no definite overall conclusions could be drawn since they studied different types of thromboprophylaxis (low-dose warfarin and low-molecular-weight heparin).2,3 Therefore, there was a need for a study that compared these 2 types of anticoagulants head-to-head. And this is exactly what Laporte and colleagues did.

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