Thrombolytics for Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Thrombolytics for Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Medicines that rapidly dissolve a blood clot (thrombolytics) are sometimes used to treat a recently formed blood clot that is causing severe symptoms.

These medicines are given through a vein in the hand or arm. Or a doctor might use a special tube called a catheter and give the medicine directly into the blood clot.

These medicines can greatly increase the risk of bleeding, so they are used only in very specific situations, where the risk of bleeding can be balanced against the risks of not dissolving the blood clot rapidly. Also, thrombolytics are expensive and require hospitalization. But thrombolytic therapy may reduce the incidence of post-thrombotic syndrome in people who are at high risk for this condition.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD, MD - Hematology
Last Revised February 24, 2011

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