What are the benefits of percutaneous transcatheter treatment for deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Dec 10, 2019
  • Author: Donald Schreiber, MD, CM; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Catheter-directed thrombolysis involves the acceleration of the body’s natural thrombolytic pathway. The basic mechanism of action is the activation of fibrin-bound plasminogen, which promotes thrombus resolution. [4]

Observational studies from the University of Washington demonstrated that early lysis resulted in preserved valve function, while persistent thrombus resulted in the most severe forms of postthrombotic morbidity. [5]


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