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Deep Venous Access Catheters

Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that can result in pulmonary embolism, the movement of a clot to the lungs, and post phlebitic syndrome, a common complication that can lead to long term disability. Primary signs of DVT are pain and swelling of the affected extremity. Post operative patients are at a higher risk for development of DVT, however DVT often occurs in patients without any known risk factors.

Interventional radiology at Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Forsyth has implemented a new treatment option for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) patients. The procedure includes the use of a mechanical device which assists the clot busting drug, tPA, in removing the clot. This new procedure helps eliminate the DVT in a single setting 83% of the time.

The technology has already been used in numerous symptomatic Iliofemoral DVT patients and upper extremity DVT patients with positive results. The procedure can provide immediate symptomatic relief and markedly decrease the incidence of Post Thrombotic Syndrome. The procedure can be performed up to four weeks after the onset of symptoms with recommendations to wait at least 14 days after any major surgery.

For more complete information read the Society of Interventional Radiology fact sheet:
DVT Lysis Fact Sheet

A published report of one of our cases is available at:
http://www.bacchusvascular.com/casestudies/Levy_ML01962a/index.html

For more information go to:
http://www.DVT-Expert.org/northsideradiology

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