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Table 1 Search strategy for MEDLINE and adaptability to all databases

From: Global incidence and case fatality rate of pulmonary embolism following major surgery: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies

Search term Search terms Hits
1 (“Non-cardiac surgery” [tw] OR “Non-cardiac surgical procedure” [tw] OR “Gynaecologic surgery” [tw] OR “Gynecologic surgery” [tw] OR “Hysterectomy” [tw] OR “Caesarean section” [tw] OR “Caesarean delivery” [tw] OR “Wertheim” [tw] OR “Ovarian cystectomy [tw] OR “Myomectomy [tw] OR “Fimbrioplasty [tw] OR “Cervicectomy” [tw] OR “Oophorectomy” [tw] OR “Salpingoophrorectomy” [tw] OR “Salpingectomy” [tw] OR “Vaginectomy” [tw] OR “Vulvectomy” [tw] OR “Salpingostomy” [tw] OR “Hysterotomy” [tw] OR “Abdominal Surgery” [tw] OR “Visceral surgery” [tw] OR “Laparotomy” [tw] OR “Oesophagectomy” [tw] OR “Nissen fundoplication” [tw] OR “Hernia repair” [tw] OR “Herniorraphy” [tw] OR “Appendectomy” [tw] OR “Appendicectomy” [tw] OR “cholecystectomy” [tw] OR “Colectomy” [tw] OR “Colostomy” [tw] OR “Gastrectomy” [tw] OR “Gastrotomy” [tw] OR “Gastroplasty” [tw] OR “Gastroduodenostomy” [tw] OR “Gastroenterostomy” [tw] OR “Ileostomy” [tw] OR “Jejunostomy” [tw] OR “Colostomy” [tw] OR “Cholecystostomy” [tw] OR “Splenectomy” [tw] OR “Splenoplexy” [tw] OR “Whipple” [tw] OR “Pancreatectomy” [tw] OR “Pancreatoduodenectomy” [tw] OR “Protocolectomy” [tw] OR “Omentopexy” [tw] OR “Hepatectomy” [tw] OR “Hepatoportoenterostomy” [tw] OR “Sigmoidostomy” [tw] OR “Sphinterotomy” [tw] OR “Pyloromyotomy” [tw] OR “Hemorrhoidectomy” [tw] OR “Urology surgery” [tw] OR “Nephrectomy” [tw] OR “Lithotomy” [tw] OR “Urinary Cystectomy” [tw] OR “Nephrostomy” [tw] OR “Ureterostomy” [tw] OR “Nephrotomy” [tw] OR “Nephropexy” [tw] OR “Urethropexy” [tw] OR “Kidney transplantation” [tw] OR “Adenectomy” [tw] OR “Prostatectomy” [tw] OR “Urethroplasty” [tw] OR “Pyeloplasty” [tw] OR “Orthopedic surgery” [tw] OR “Osteosynthesis” [tw] OR “Fracture fixation” [tw] OR “Fracture stabilisation” [tw] OR “Internal fixation” [tw] OR “External fixation” [tw] OR “Hip replacement” [tw] OR “Knee replacement” [tw] OR “Arthroplasty” [tw] OR “Ostectomy” [tw] OR “Osteotomy” [tw] OR “Arthrotomy” [tw] OR “Laminotomy” [tw] OR “Foraminotomy” [tw] OR “Epiphysiodesis” [tw] OR “Arhrodesis” [tw] OR “Ligament reconstruction” [tw] OR “Limb Amputation” [tw] OR “Fasciotomy” [tw] OR “Prosthestic surgery” [tw] OR “Prosthesis” [tw] OR “Spinal Surgery” [tw] OR “Back Surgery” [tw] OR “Facetectomy” [tw] OR “Laminectomy” [tw] OR “Discectomy” [tw] OR “Thoracotomy” [tw] OR “Thoracostomy” [tw] OR “Pneumectomy” [tw] OR “Pneomotomy” [tw] OR “Lobectomy” [tw] OR “Bronchotomy” [tw] OR “Tracheotomy” [tw] OR “Pleuridesis” [tw] OR “Lung transplantation” [tw] OR “Neurosurgery” [tw] OR “Craniotomy” [tw] OR “Craniectomy” [tw] OR “Hemispherectomy” [tw] OR “Ureterosigmoidostomy” [tw] OR “Fistulotomy” [tw] OR “Cerebral lobectomy” [tw] OR “Cerebral lobotomy” [tw] OR “Hypophysectomy” [tw] OR “Amydalohippocampectomy” [tw] OR “Ventriculostomy” [tw] OR “Ventriculoperitoneal shunting” [tw] OR “Pallidotomy” [tw] OR “Thalamotomy” [tw] OR “Cingulotomy” [tw] OR “Cordotomy” [tw] OR “Rhizotomy” [tw] OR “Brain biopsy” [tw] OR “Ganglionectomy” [tw] OR “Symapathectomy” [tw] OR “Neurectomy” [tw] OR “Axotomy” [tw] OR “Vagotomy” [tw] OR “Nerve biopsy” [tw] OR “Endocrine surgery” [tw] OR “Thyroidectomy” [tw] OR “Thyroid lobectomy” [tw] OR “Parathyroidectomy” [tw] OR “Adrenalectomy” [tw] OR “Pinealectomy” [tw] OR “Ophthalmic surgery” [tw] OR “Punctoplasty” [tw] OR “Trabeculopathy” [tw] OR “Photorefractive keratectomy” [tw] OR “Trabeculectomy” [tw] OR “Iridectomy” [tw] OR “Virectomy” [tw] OR “Dacryocystorhinostomy” [tw] OR “Radial keratotomy” [tw] OR “Corneal transplantation” [tw] OR “ENT surgery” [tw] OR “Ear nose throat surgery” [tw] OR “Otoplasty” [tw] OR “Stapedectomy” [tw] OR “Mastoidectomy” [tw] OR “Auriculectomy” [tw] OR “Myringotomy” [tw] OR “Rhinoplasty” [tw] OR “Septoplasty” [tw] OR “Rhinectomy” [tw] OR “Laryngectomy” [tw] OR “Tracheostomy” [tw] OR “Sinusotomy” [tw] OR “Cricothyroidotomy” [tw] OR “Cricothyrotomy Tonsillectomy” [tw] OR “Adenoidectomy” [tw] OR “Palatoplasty” [tw] OR “Uvuloplasty” [tw] OR “Gingivectomy” [tw] OR “Glossectomy” [tw] OR “Cardiac surgery” [tw] OR “Valvuloplasty” [tw] OR “Pericardiectomy” [tw] OR “Pericardiotomy” [tw] OR “Cardiotomy” [tw] OR “Coronary artery bypass surgery” [tw] OR “Heart transplantation” [tw] OR “Vascular surgery” [tw] OR “Angioplasty” [tw] OR “Endarectomy” [tw] OR “Lympahatic surgery” [tw] OR “Thymectomy” [tw] OR “Lymphadenectomy” [tw] OR “Thymus transplantation” [tw] OR “Spleen transplantation” [tw])  
2 Pulmonary embolism [tw] OR Pulmonary emboli [tw] OR Thromboembolism [tw] OR Thromboembolic events [tw] OR Thromboembolic complications [tw] OR Venous thromboembolism [tw]  
3 #1 AND #2 Limits: 01/01/1997 to 31/04/2017