Venous Thrombosis Treatment

A venous thrombus is a blood clot (thrombus) that forms within a vein . Thrombosis is a term for a blood clot occurring inside a blood vessel. A common type of venous thrombosis is a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg. If the thrombus breaks off ( embolizes ) and flows towards the lungs, it can become a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot in the lungs.

Definition of DVT (Deep Venous Thrombobis) DVT, or Deep Venous Thrombosis , is the formation of blood clots (also known as thrombus) within the deep veins of the body. The most common locations are the legs, followed by the pelvis. DVT is a relatively common medical condition, affecting up to 600,000 Americans each year. Over 1 million people undergo evaluation for DVT annually in the United States.

Prophylaxis of venous thrombosis (high-risk surgery) Treatment of venous thrombosis Treatment of PE Prevention of systemic embolism Tissue heart valves AMI (to prevent systemic embolism)* Valvular heart disease Atrial fibrillation

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Saphenous vein thrombosis is easily diagnosed but poses a therapeutic dilemma for clinicians. While historically saphenous vein thrombosis has been grouped together with other superficial vein thrombosis there may be data to suggest more aggressive evaluation and treatment are needed.