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Unexpected outcome from Trousseau syndrome

Sri G Thrumurthy12, Abeyratne HMP Anuruddha1, Merrenna IM De Zoysa1 and Dharmabandhu N Samarasekera1*

Author Affiliations

1 University Surgical Unit, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka

2 Department of General Surgery, Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, PR2 9HT, UK

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BMC Surgery 2011, 11:1  doi:10.1186/1471-2482-11-1

Published: 6 January 2011



Unprovoked superficial thrombophlebitis and subsequent venous thromboembolism are well-described albeit rare presenting features of advanced visceral malignancy that often manifest too late for curative intervention to be beneficial.

Case Presentation

We present the first reported case of early gastric carcinoma presenting with these paraneoplastic phenomena in an otherwise healthy farmer. The early presentation allowed for a curative partial gastrectomy, which itself was complicated by the presence of a deep vein thrombosis extending into the inferior vena cava. Fortunately, stabilization of the clot allowed for surgery to proceed without the need for a caval filter. The patient was referred for adjuvant chemotherapy and has since made an excellent recovery.


This case provides new evidence for the presentation of superficial thrombophlebitis in early gastric carcinoma and the potential for curative surgery in such instances. A high index of suspicion and a prompt diagnostic workup are essential for timely planning and execution of surgery in these early albeit rare presentations.