What are the adverse effects of thrombolytic medications to lyse 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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Use of thrombolytic medications to lyse deep venous thrombosis can cause intracranial bleeding, though this is infrequent, and death or impairment can result. Accordingly, careful assessment of the indications for lysis against the possibility of bleeding must be carried out before pharmacologic thrombolysis is attempted.


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