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Post Thrombotic Syndrome - Educate and Prevent - Vein Treatment Center in Buffalo Niagara
Sunday, August 11, 2013



One of the most significant consequences of having had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is post thrombotic syndrome (PTS).  It has been shown to that up to 50% of patients with proximal deep vein thrombosis will develop post thrombotic syndrome.  Of these 50% will develop symptoms and 10% will develop venous stasis ulceration .


Multiple studies have shown that patients with proximal deep vein thrombosis are at significant risk for developing this devastating complication. Therefore, it is highly recommended that patients with any type of deep vein thrombosis and especially those who develop proximal deep vein thrombosis continue to wear compression stockings even after resolution of the deep vein thrombus.


There are some studies recently which have suggested that early thrombolysis of the DVT results in preservation of the venous valvular system and prevention of deep venous insufficiency.  Aggressive thrombolysis (clot lysis) is less likely to result in long term complications such as venous obstruction and may reduce the likelihood of developing post thrombotic syndrome.  As such, clinicians are advocating a more aggressive interventional approach to proximal DVT – early attempts at fibrinolysis versus anticoagulation alone.


 Anticoagulation prevents propagation of the existing deep vein clot. Fibrinolysis is used to dissolve deep vein thrombosis..


For more information about deep vein thrombosis and post thrombotic syndrome, contact Hratch Karamanoukian, MD FACS with offices at the Vein Treatment Center in Williamsville, New York and Clarence, New York or contact him directly via or by calling 716-839-3638.


You can also request a free copy of Dr. Karamanoukian’s book called postthrombotic syndrome by calling of requesting it online through his website and are partners with



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