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How is clot-busting for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) done?

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You'll go to the hospital to get it a clot-busting procedure done. Using an X-ray as a guide, a specialist will put a thin tube called a catheter into your vein and work the tip of it into your DVT. Then, he'll use the catheter to send the drug directly into the clot. If your vein seems narrow, he may widen it and help prevent future blockages by doing a balloon angioplasty or installing a stent.

SOURCES:

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Tovey, C. , 2003. BMJ

WebMD Medical Reference from EMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Tovey, C. , 2003. BMJ

WebMD Medical Reference from EMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 17, 2017

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