Veins: Deep Venuous Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition where a blood clot has formed in a deep leg vein. The clot can have both short term and long term effects on your health. In the short term, the clot may break off and travel to the lung (known as pulmonary embolism). In the long term, the clot may lead to irreversible damage to the veins which may lead to chronic swelling, leg ulcers, fatigue, and pain.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of DVT
  • Recent long term immobility, or surgery
  • Age greater than 40
  • Hormone therapy, including oral contraceptives
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Clotting Disorders
  • Cancer

Treatment

Our interventional specialists can evaluate your clot and determine whether you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure – Catheter Directed Thrombolysis (CDT). The procedure is performed in the hospital. Our specialists will insert a catheter into the clot and use clot busting drugs and other interventional tools (e.g. stent) to dissolve or improve the clot burden to allow for flow back into the veins.

Case Example:

This image shows a blockage of the patient’s left vein which resulted in significant leg swelling.

This second image shows placement of a stent and flow returning to its normal direction.