Have you heard of May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS)?

It’s a condition that affects the blood vessels in the pelvis and legs, causing potential health complications for those affected. Let’s dive deeper into understanding this syndrome and its implications.

May-Thurner Syndrome, also known as iliac vein compression syndrome, is a vascular disorder that occurs when the left iliac vein in the pelvis is compressed by the adjacent right iliac artery. This compression can restrict blood flow through the vein, leading to various symptoms and potentially serious complications.

Here are some key points to know about May-Thurner Syndrome:

Risk Factors: MTS is more commonly found in women than men, and it often manifests between the ages of 20 and 50. Factors that may increase the risk of developing MTS include a family history of blood clots, hormonal changes (such as pregnancy or oral contraceptive use), and extended periods of inactivity.

Symptoms: The symptoms of May-Thurner Syndrome can vary from person to person. Some individuals may experience pain, swelling, or heaviness in the leg, particularly on the left side. Other possible signs include discoloration, varicose veins, and ulcers. It’s important to note that some cases may be asymptomatic and only discovered incidentally during medical examinations.

Complications: If left untreated, May-Thurner Syndrome can lead to serious complications. The restricted blood flow can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition where blood clots form in the deep veins, usually in the legs. DVT can be potentially life-threatening if a clot dislodges and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

Diagnosis and Treatment: If MTS is suspected, a healthcare professional may conduct a thorough physical examination and order imaging tests such as ultrasound, venography, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize the affected veins. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition but may include blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants) to prevent clot formation, the use of compression stockings, or procedures like angioplasty or stent placement to open up the compressed vein.

Lifestyle Modifications: Making certain lifestyle changes can help manage May-Thurner Syndrome. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding prolonged periods of inactivity can promote proper blood circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots. It’s crucial to follow your healthcare provider’s advice regarding medication usage and any necessary precautions.

If you suspect you may have May-Thurner Syndrome or are experiencing symptoms related to it, it’s important to contact Vein Specialists of the Carolinas to get a diagnosis and treatment plan started.

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