What is the bleeding risk of systemic thrombolysis in the treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The bleeding risk of systemic thrombolysis is similar to that of catheter-directed thrombolysis, and the risk of PTS may further decrease risk. However, whether catheter-directed thrombolysis is preferred to anticoagulation has not been examined. The addition of percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy to the interventional options may facilitate decision-making, because recanalization may be achieved faster than before and with a decreased dose of lytic; therefore, the bleeding risk may be decreased.


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