A strange and tragic coincidence

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 11.30.10The association between spontaneous deep venous thrombosis and cancer was discovered, Dalrymple reminds us, by Armand Trousseau,

who noticed that people who suffered DVTs often had cancers such as that of the pancreas, in those days always diagnosed at post mortem. Trousseau himself suffered a DVT and a few months later was dead – of pancreatic cancer. This is a story from medical history that, once heard, is never forgotten.

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