Local Thrombolysis


The material of an occlusion of a large artery is always a blood clot if the obstruction did not originate traumatically. It is either an embolus from somewhere else or a locally formed thrombus. As long as the fibrin of such clots is not organized, it can be totally dissolved by thrombolytic treatment. Thus, an embolus or a thrombus can be changed back into its initial blood components [3, 4], The organization of a clot occurs faster in narrow and healthy arteries than in wide and arteriosclerotic arteries. Beside these criteria there are radiologic criteria for determining the indication of thrombolytic treatment (Table 7.2.1) [5, 9, 10].


Superficial Femoral Artery Common Femoral Artery Mitral Valve Disease Clot Lysis Thrombolytic Treatment 
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