May-Thurner Syndrome

What is May-Thurner Syndrome?

May Thurner Syndrome (MTS) is also known as Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome because it is caused by the left iliac vein being compressed by the right iliac artery.

 The compression of the vein increases the chance of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in the left extremity. DVT is one of the main causes of vein blockage, increasing the risk for other health concerns.

May-Thurner Syndrome Symptoms

If you have MTS, it is important that you are aware of the symptoms of DVT, so that you can identify any complications right away. Because MTS is asymptomatic (no symptoms present), it is difficult to identify the disease until you experience symptoms of DVT. These symptoms include the following:
  • Swelling, pain or tenderness in the leg
  • Feeling increased warmth in leg
  • Redness or discoloration of the skin in the leg (Red or purple skin color)
  • Enlargement of the veins in the leg  

MTS Treatment Options

Treatment options put a heavy focus on keeping the veins open for proper blood flow, which also helps to prevent dangerous blood clots. To help prevent blood clots, the use of blood thinners (anticoagulants or anti-clotting medications) may be recommended. Vein stents and vena cava filters are also possible treatment options. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us today.
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