May-Thurner Syndrome can lead to deep vein thrombosis, which if left untreated can cause fatal complications such as a pulmonary embolism. Board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. David Naar has been treating patients with complex vein issues since 1985. With early detection and treatment, Dr. Naar can correct issues like iliac vein narrowing and prevent them from causing more serious problems. Make your appointment at Dr. Naar’s Premier Vein Clinic today by calling his office directly or filling out our contact form.
What are May-Thurner Syndrome and Deep Vein Thrombosis?
May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS), also known as iliac vein compression syndrome, impacts two specific blood vessels, the right iliac artery, and the left iliac vein.
If you have May-Thurner Syndrome, the right iliac artery squeezes the left iliac vein at the pelvis is (where they cross) which leads to iliac vein narrowing. That restricts the flow of your blood and can put you at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
DVT refers to a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in your body, generally in your legs. This clot can end up traveling throughout the body and may even end up blocking your lungs, causing what is known as a pulmonary embolism.
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What Causes MTS and DVT?
It’s unclear what causes MTS, which can potentially affect anyone. While DVT can also occur in anyone, numerous factors increase your risk, including:
- Being overweight or obese
- Smoking regularly
- Being on prolonged bed rest or paralyzed in the legs
- Having an injury
- Being older
What are Symptoms of MTS and DVT?
May-Thurner Syndrome has few to no symptoms. You may not know you have the condition unless you develop DVT. Symptoms of DVT include:
- Swelling in your legs
- Pain to the touch
- Changes in skin color
- Enlarged veins
DVT can also lead to a pulmonary embolism, which then causes severe symptoms. If you experience any of the following symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, be sure to seek medical care right away:
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heart rate
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain
How are MTS and DVT Treated?
Dr. Naar diagnoses MTS and DVT through a physical examination. He may also order tests such as:
- CT scan MRIs
- Blood work
- Vein scans
Once he diagnoses your condition, Dr. Naar develops a treatment plan for you. It can include blood thinners, medications to break up the clot, and compression stockings.
Another treatment option is inserting an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. Dr. Naar inserts a filter into the inferior vena cava, which is the largest vein in your body. This filter catches blood clots before they can get to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
How can I Lower My Risk of MTS or DVT?
There are several steps Dr. Naar recommends to lower your risk of developing MTS or DVT, including:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Staying active
- Quitting smoking
If you suspect you may have May-Thurner Syndrome or are exhibiting symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Naar.