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The Villala Score for Post Thrombotic Syndrome - Leg pain after DVT - Leg pain after venous blood clots
Friday, December 7, 2012

 

 

Post thrombotic syndrome can be a frightening reality for many people who have suffered from deep venous thrombosis (DVT) – and it can occur whether it was treated appropriately with anticoagulants (blood thinners) or not !

 

It should be remembered that in the period following DVT, morbidity and mortality can occur from a clot embolizing to the heart and lungs, known as pulmonary embolism.

 

The long term consequences of deep vein thrombosis are recurrent DVT, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and post thrombotic syndrome. Venous thromboembolism is the condition where the blood clot dislodges and travels (embolizes) to the heart and lungs.

 

In fact, a significant percentage of DVT sufferers go on to develop post thrombotic syndrome. Understanding what this syndrome is can be of vital help for those who have had one or more episodes of DVT.

 

These are excerpts from Dr. Karamanoukian's book about the Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) and Deep Vein Thrombosis:

 

Most cases of PTS present within six months of treatment for deep venous thrombosis, but some can take up to two years. In addition, each patient will have different symptoms and symptom combinations. The only true way to determine if you suffer from post thrombotic syndrome is to undergo an examination by a medical professional (preferably the doctor who treated your DVT).

 

The Villalta Scale was described in the 1990’s to diagnose and classify the severity of post thrombotic syndrome. Clinical studies done by Dr. Khan show that the Villalta scale is a “reliable, valid, acceptable and responsive measure of PTS in patients with previous, objectively confirmed DVT” and was published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Heamostasis (volume 7, pages 884-888, 2009).

 

Dr. hratch Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 716-839-3638 or www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com 

 

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 310-998-5535 or www.SantaMonicaVeinCenter.com 

 

Drs. Raffy and Hratch Karamanoukian have authored 6 books about venous disease. The books are available on Amazon Kindle and Nook books for download.

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