What are the indications and contraindications for endovascular intervention for 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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Indications for intervention include the relatively rare phlegmasia or symptomatic inferior vena cava thrombosis that responds poorly to anticoagulation alone, or symptomatic iliofemoral or femoropopliteal DVT in patients with a low risk of bleeding. Contraindications are the same as those for thrombolysis in general. Absolute contraindications include active internal bleeding or disseminated intravascular coagulation, a cerebrovascular event, trauma, or neurosurgery within 3 months. Unfortunately, most patients with DVT have absolute contraindications to thrombolytic therapy. The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) consensus guidelines recommend thrombolytic therapy only for patients with massive ileofemoral vein thrombosis associated with limb ischemia or vascular compromise. [113, 155]

For more information, see Inferior Vena Caval Thrombosis.

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