If you suffer from deep vein thrombosis or go through bouts of swelling in the legs often, you might be suffering from May Thurner Syndrome (MTS). It is also known as Cockett's syndrome or the iliac vein compression. May Thurner Syndrome can often develop slowly over the years without giving you any signs or symptoms.
Iliac vein compression affects two blood vessels that transfer blood to your legs: the right iliac artery that transports blood to your right leg and the left iliac artery that transports blood from your left leg. In MTS disease, the right iliac artery compresses the left iliac artery when they come across each other in your pelvis region. It causes a bottleneck, and the blood is unable to flow freely through the left iliac artery.
It makes you more susceptible to deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot condition that can be fatal. A deep vein thrombosis can even cause a clot in your lungs, known as pulmonary embolism.
MTS occurs more frequently in women than in men, and it can have a serious impact on your health. Being aware of its symptoms helps you take preventive measures before any major complications arise.
MTS can be diagnosed by an initial clinical examination by a physician. However, a better option is to get diagnostic imaging that includes a CT scan or an MRI, USG, and a venogram. A venogram is a different type of X-Ray that shows the condition of the veins in your legs with a special kind of dye.
Certain factors can increase MTS risk, especially if you already suffer from DVT. These include:
At North Atlanta Vascular Clinic and Vein Center, we treat MTS with two goals in mind: to treat clots that you already have and to prevent any further clots from forming inside your body. Some of the treatments may involve:
Have you been diagnosed with MTS? Or suspect you may have MTS? There is no need to panic as it is completely treatable with minimum intervention. Simply book an appointment with us online or contact our team to get expert medical help.
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