Celebrating DVT Awareness Month

March is DVT Awareness Month, and we honor the work that vascular specialists do to treat DVT with a selection of resources available on VDM related to the treatment of deep-vein thrombosis.

Anthony J. Comerota, MD, conducted a study that showed that elimination of thrombus can be achieved safely and successfully in pregnant women. There were no pregnancy complications or premature deliveries. Read details of the study at “Dr. Anthony J. Comerota Explains Why Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis During Pregnancy Is Possible.”

Aaron VanHise, DO, David Gilbert, DO, and Jon C. George, MD describe a case of a 41-year-old woman with post-thrombotic syndrome following a DVT that was treated with anticoagulation and placement of an IVC filter. Read about her diagnosis and treatment in “Endovascular Management of Chronic Left Iliac Vein Occlusion in May-Thurner Syndrome.”

Frank R. Arko, MD, M. Zachary Arko, and Erin H. Murphy, MD, wrote a paper focusing on management of DVT, including prompt diagnosis, identification of patients who may benefit from more aggressive endovascular thrombus removal strategies, and early implementation of appropriate treatment. Read more at “Endovascular Intervention for Lower-Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis.”

Mark J. Garcia, MD, FSIR, presented results from a study of DVT patients at last year’s Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco. Read more about the results of the study at “Christiana Care Health System’s Mark Garcia, MD, Identifies Successful Treatments for Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Chronic venous outflow obstruction caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT) results in a collection of symptoms called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) that includes chronic lower extremity edema, pain, and skin changes. Douglas W. Jones, MD, and Darren B. Schneider, MD, discuss management of these symptoms in “Endovascular Management of Chronic Inferior Vena Cava and Iliac Vein Obstruction.”

The American Heart Association also issued guidelines for treatment of venous thromboebolism in 2011.

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