Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein in the leg or arm. DVT can affect people of all ages but risk factors increase after age 50 and with certain conditions, such as cancer, recent surgery, recent trauma, and extended periods of immobility.
Left untreated, DVT can cause permanent leg damage. There is also a risk that the blood clot could break off and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially deadly pulmonary embolism. The Society of Interventional Radiology estimates that one in every 100 people who develop DVT dies from a pulmonary embolism.
Doctors at Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates can diagnose and provide several treatment options used individually or in combination, depending on the patient’s condition:
- Blood thinning medications to prevent new clots from forming
- Catheter-directed thrombolysis, a minimally invasive procedure that breaks up the clot but requires a 24-72 hour intensive care hospital stay
- Isolated pharmacomechanical thrombolysis (IPMT), a newer minimally invasive procedure that breaks up the clot, requiring an overnight hospital stay.
- Inferior vena cava filter, a medical device that is implanted to help prevent pulmonary embolisms
Additional Resources and Sources::
Click Here to read more about venous thrombosis at the Society of Interventional Radiology
Click Here to read more about deep venous thrombosis at vascularweb.org
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