May Thurner Syndrome


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What Is May-Thurner Syndrome?

May-Thurner syndrome is basically vein symptoms from a blockage of the left leg vein as it goes through the pelvis. The LEFT leg VEIN gets squeezed between the RIGHT leg ARTERY and the spinal column. It can be very hard to tell what causes edema even with lots of medical testing.

Symptoms Include:

  • Pain, heaviness, aching, restlessness, throbbing, varicose veins, leg swelling, leg discoloration or inflammation and leg ulcers.
  • Pelvic, hip and back pain can be present
  • Varicose veins in areas like the very upper inner thigh, on or underneath the buttock, in the groin area or lower body may be present
  • Suspected when vein problems occur early in life—teenage or early twenties.  Classic example is tall thin teenage girl with swollen left leg
  • It is one reason DVT is more common on the left
  • Often found in those with lean body shape  

The continued pulsation of the artery as it crosses over the vein and compresses it, cause inflammation and scarring in and around the vein. This narrows and blocks the outflow of the leg.

May-Thurner Was Thought To Be Rare

  • Today, with better technology, we realize it was just rarely diagnosed
  • We also have found it can occur on the right side
  • There are 3 areas on each side that commonly get compressed

Since the veins from the pelvic organs, uterus, ovaries, bladder, rectum and gluteal muscles all drain into the leg veins, this blockage can affect them as well.

In women this can lead to pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) – pelvic pain, urgency to urinate, fullness in the rectum, hemorrhoids, and buttock pain, and possibly pain or aching after sex.

Diagnosing May-Thurner Syndrome

A much more thorough investigation of the veins needs to be done –
once medical causes have been excluded.
Undiagnosed vein problems are a very common cause of swelling.

Ultrasound of the Abdomen and Pelvis with special attention to the veins:

  • This test is very difficult to perform accurately.  It requires special additional training
  • An abdominal and pelvic ultrasound performed by anyone other than a vein specialist will not provide  information about the veins.

IntraVenous UltraSound (IVUS)

  • This is the newest state of the art technology to diagnose May-Thurner.
  • A tiny ultrasound probe on the tip of a long catheter is inserted into the veins where very precise images and videos of the veins can be obtained
  • If a blockage of more than 50% is found, Venoplasty and Stenting is the recommended treatment.

At Vein Specialists of the Carolinas we have the cutting edge technology to diagnose and treat this problem in our accredited office based surgical suite.

Dr. Draughn Has Studied With The World's Pioneers and Leading Experts Learning To Diagnose and Treat May-Thurner Syndrome

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