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Will all DVT sufferers develop post thrombotic syndrome ? DVT and post thrombotic syndrome Buffalo Niagara
Friday, December 7, 2012



Post thrombotic syndrome always begins with deep venous thrombosis. While not all DVT sufferers will go on to develop post thrombotic syndrome, those without DVT will not develop PTS. Therefore, the underlying cause of the syndrome lies in what occurs during deep venous thrombosis.


Technically, PTS is all about damage caused to the leg’s venous system and complications from that damage. During deep venous thrombosis, a blood clot forms in the leg (or in more than one leg). The blood clot alone is a significant problem and can result in serious repercussions. However, treatment can usually offer help.


While the exact underlying cause of post thrombotic syndrome remains somewhat cloudy, medical professionals point to the relationship between the syndrome and the damage caused by blood clots in leg veins. Even if the clot does not break free and threaten to embolize to the heart and lung(s), it’s mere presence causes problems for the venous system in the leg.


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 



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 


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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