Post Thrombotic Syndrome (blood clot)

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Post Thrombotic Syndrome (blood clot)

If a patient who suffers from varicose vein develops superficial vein thrombosis (blood clot) then there is up to a 20% chance that superficial vein thrombosis extends to deep veins or the patient simultaneously suffers from Post Thrombotic Syndrome (blood clot).

As mentioned before there is up to a 50% chance of Post Thrombotic Syndrome development after deep vein thrombosis occurs.

Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) is a long-term complication of deep vein thrombosis (blood clot). It will be diagnosed at least 6 months after acute deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) symptoms have passed. Up to 50% of people who suffer from deep vein thrombosis will develop PTS.

Post Thrombotic Syndrome is a condition that may develop after a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the leg. It can lead to chronic leg pain, swelling, and other symptoms. It might take PTS weeks or months to develop after a DVT has occurred.

A Deep Vein Thrombosis is more likely if you have such medical conditions. The most common treatment for Post Thrombotic Syndrome is compression therapy. Medicines, topical creams, or surgery may be needed. Skin ulcers that are caused by Post Thrombotic Syndrome may need special treatment.

Sign & Symptoms of PTS

  • Heaviness & paranesthesia
  • The signs which a health practitioner look for include oedema (swelling),
  • Skin induration (skin thickness),
  • Hyperpigmentation (brown discoloration of the skin),
  • Redness, venous ectasia (venous dilatation),
  • Pain on calf compression and ulcer,
  • A feeling of heaviness in the leg
  • Itching, tingling, or cramping in your leg
  • Leg pain that’s worse with standing, better after resting or raising your leg
  • Widening of leg veins

Treating PTS using the Compression technique is generally suggested. Leg sores (Ulcer) are a symptom of Post Thrombotic Syndrome. If that's the case, you'll need wound care. Based on the severity of the above signs and symptoms then Dr. Yazdani will give you a score that determines the severity of PTS and help with the management plan.

At Melbourne Varicose Vein we allocate about 60 minutes for the initial consultation. The first consultation takes time as we dig deep to know about your medical and family history to find the root cause for your vein conditions.

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