Interventional Therapy of Deep Venous Thrombosis

  • Mohamad Akram KawsaraEmail author
  • Farhan Raza
  • Riyaz Bashir
  • Mohamad Alkhouli


Venous thromboembolism is the third most prevalent type of cardiovascular disease, behind coronary artery disease and stroke. Patients with deep vein thrombosis may suffer from advanced post-thrombotic syndrome and other life-threatening complications such as pulmonary embolism and phlegmasia cerulea dolens. Intravenous anticoagulation has been the mainstay therapy for deep vein thrombosis, with proven efficacy in reducing the risk of pulmonary embolism and alleviating acute symptoms. However, the efficacy of anticoagulation in treating severe cases and preventing post-thrombotic syndrome is questionable at best. The marked improvement in catheter-based techniques over the last two decades led to a mounting interest and widespread utilization of catheter-based interventions in the treatment of deep venous thrombosis. Early studies suggest that percutaneous thrombus removal modalities can be a successful primary treatment for selected patients with deep venous thrombosis and it may prevent post-thrombotic syndrome.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamad Akram Kawsara
    • 1
    Email author
  • Farhan Raza
    • 2
  • Riyaz Bashir
    • 2
  • Mohamad Alkhouli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular DiseaseWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cardiovascular DiseasesTemple University School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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