Vascular Emergencies in Oncologic Surgery

  • Mary E. Ottinger
  • Karl A. Illig


A vascular problem that occurs in an oncology patient complicates an already often difficult situation. Such a problem can be an unexpected intraoperative emergency, or be manifest as a complication arising from cancer biology or therapy needed to treat it. Such a problem can be a harbinger of a more advanced malignant process, or, by snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, make recovery more difficult. A recognition of the spectrum of vascular complications in oncologic surgery allows the clinician to anticipate possible vascular emergencies and facilitates early recognition and intervention in these situations. The surgical oncologist and vascular surgeon may be called upon to work in concert in the care of cancer patients in multiple different settings, and both should be aware of the fundamental principles of the opposing field.


Phlegmasia cerulea dolens Arterial thrombosis Carotid blowout syndrome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Vascular SurgeryUniversity of South Florida Morsani College of MedicineTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Vascular SurgeryUniversity of South Florida Morsani College of MedicineTampaUSA

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