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What is thrombolysis?

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Thrombolysis, also known as thrombolytic therapy, is a treatment to dissolve dangerous clots in blood vessels, improve blood flow, and prevent damage to tissues and organs. Thrombolysis may involve the injection of clot-busting drugs through an intravenous (IV) line or through a long catheter that delivers drugs directly to the site of the blockage. It also may involve the use of a long catheter with a mechanical device attached to the tip that either removes the clot or physically breaks it up.

From: Thrombolysis WebMD Medical Reference

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RadiologyInfo.org: “Catheter-directed Thrombolysis.”

Goldhaber, S. , 2002. Circulation

VascularWeb.org: “Thrombolytic Therapy.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.org: “Catheter-directed Thrombolysis.”

Goldhaber, S. , 2002. Circulation

VascularWeb.org: “Thrombolytic Therapy.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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