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Can Vein problems lead to Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)?

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What is Post thrombotic syndrome?

Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) is a long-term complication that may develop in the weeks or months following a DVT and it occurs if the individual is not indulging in the proper treatment for DVT.

DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis is a medical term for a large blood clot that forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, most commonly in the leg vein. When a blood clot forms in a vein, it can obstruct blood flow and cause inflammation. As blood starts to pool in the affected area it can increase the pressure in the veins. This can lead to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition in which the veins and valves in the affected area become scarred. This can result in the symptoms of PTS.

Vein problems that may lead to PTS include:

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): DVT is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the legs or pelvis. When a blood clot forms in a vein, it can obstruct blood flow and cause inflammation that can potentially damage the vein walls and valves.

Varicose veins: Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins that can occur anywhere in the body but are most found in the legs. Varicose veins can cause damage to the veins and valves, which can lead to CVI and increase the risk of developing PTS.

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI): CVI is a condition in which the veins and valves in the legs are damaged, causing blood to pool in the area and leading to increased pressure in the veins. CVI can be caused by DVT, SVT, or varicose veins, and can increase the risk of developing PTS.

Symptoms of PTS

Symptoms of PTS can include leg pain and associated swelling, discoloration of skin, formation of ulcers, and thickening of the affected area. In severe cases of PTS, mobility is affected as the limb becomes stiff. A very common symptom is the feeling of heaviness of the leg and tiredness especially after long hours of walking or standing.  

Treatment for PTS

Proper diagnosis and treatment of PTS aims at relieving symptoms and prevent further complications. There is no complete cure for established PTS and its management lies in its prevention after DVT. PTS treatment is based on the severity of your condition. Usually, treatment will include elevating the affected leg, the use of compression stockings, medicines, and exercise. Blood thinners may be prescribed to help prevent any more clots from developing in the veins.

Endovenous procedures: Endovenous procedures like sclerotherapy, or ablation procedures may be used to treat underlying vein problems that contribute to PTS. These procedures can help improve blood flow in the affected limb and reduce symptoms.

If you suspect you may have a vein problem, it is essential that you seek prompt medical attention as early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications such as PTS. At Avis Vascular center, a personalized treatment plan is developed based on patient’s severity of condition, medical history, and overall health.

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