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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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    Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

    What will treating DVT, a blood clot deep in a vein, do for you? It will prevent the clot from growing. It'll keep the clot from breaking off and traveling to your lung or another organ. You'll avoid long-lasting complications, such as leg pain and swelling. Treatment prevents future blood clots, too. Often, medication and taking care of yourself will do the trick. But you may need surgery. Talk to your doctor about which medical treatment options are right for you.

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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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