Does anyone know if there is any correlation between alcohol withdrawal (following back surgery) and pulmonary embolism. I know that after any surgery (ortho) there is risk for PE and DVT's but was wondering also if any relation to DT's??? Thanks
Apr 6, '03
I don't know how much information I can say with the Hippa regulations, any suggestions?
Last edit by amyBSN on Apr 6, '03
Apr 6, '03
Liver cancer can cause a hypercoagualibility. One cause of liver disease leading to liver cancer is alcohol abuse.
Are they sure it was a blood clot? It could be a fat embolus though they are less often fatal.
With malignancy, excessive clotting is allegedly related to thromboplastin-like effects produced by tumor cells or their products. Mucin-producing malignancy has a high association of thrombosis. Excessive clotting with malignancy may also be caused by concomitant infections, effects of chemotherapy, malnutrition and possible folate deficiency with its consequences on homocysteine, and prolonged bed rest
Or he could have had a PE totally unrelated to the ETOH withdrawal.
Last edit by P_RN on Apr 6, '03