Deep venous thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in the veins of the lower extremities. In the acute stage, this results in pain and swelling of the affected leg. A portion of this clot can break free and migrate to the lungs; this is termed pulmonary embolism. Often in the chronic stages the blood clot will harden and organize resulting in permanent venous damage and occlusion. This can cause chronic leg pain and swelling, termed the 'post phlebitic syndrome.' This condition can be quite disabling.


Treatment of DVT with the techniques of interventional radiology involves placement of a thin catheter into the blood clot, and then clot-dissolving medications are delivered through this catheter directly into the blood clot. The catheter is introduced through a tiny skin incision. This therapy is very successful in relieving the acute symptoms of DVT as well as preventing the long-term complications of the post-phlebitic syndrome.

 

If you have any questions regarding any of these therapies, please do not hesitate to contact us. Consultation can be arranged through our Interventional Radiology Clinic by calling (260) 435-7951 during regular business hours.