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Deep Vein Thrombosis Health Center

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Thrombolytics for Deep Vein Thrombosis - Topic Overview

Thrombolytics are medicines that rapidly dissolve a blood clot. They might be used to treat deep vein thrombosis if it is causing severe symptoms.

These medicines are used in the hospital. They are given through a vein in the hand or arm. Or a doctor might use a special tube called a catheter and give the medicine directly into the blood clot.

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein inside a muscle. It usually happens in your legs, but you can also get them in your arms, chest, and other areas of your body. It can be serious. It may make your leg hurt and swell. The clot might move and get stuck in a blood vessel in your lungs, brain, or heart. That could cause organ damage and even death -- within hours. The main cause of DVT is poor blood flow. When it slows, blood can pool, which gives the cells a chance...

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These medicines can greatly increase the risk of bleeding, so they are used only in very specific situations where the risk of bleeding can be balanced against the risks of not dissolving the blood clot rapidly. Thrombolytics may reduce the incidence of post-thrombotic syndrome in people who are at high risk for this condition.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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